Posts Tagged ‘renewable power’

July 21 Energy News

July 21, 2019


¶ “US Cities Are Losing 36 Million Trees A Year. Here’s Why It Matters And How You Can Stop It” • Trees can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10°F, according to a recent study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But tree cover in US cities is shrinking by 36 million trees annually, according to a US Forest Service study. [CNN]

Trees in Chicago (Crimson3981, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Coal, Gas Sink As New York Sails Into Offshore Wind Power Mega-Deal” • When New York Gov Andrew Cuomo committed his home state to the largest ever offshore wind power deal in US history, it didn’t bode well for the nation’s dwindling coal power fleet. Neither does the potential for replacing gas with batteries for grid reliability. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “‘Tech Companies Don’t Speak Auto, Auto Companies Don’t Speak Tech’ – But Tesla Speaks Both” • A computer systems engineer, Mick Ronson, who’s bullish on Tesla, recently warned in a media post, “If you’re shorting Tesla, you’re betting on incumbents that are signaling an acknowledgement of their impending obsolescence.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “The War on Coal in California Is Over – It Lost” • In 2008, coal produced 18.2% of California’s electricity. By 2018, that number had fallen to 3%, with virtually all the electricity from coal coming from one plant in Utah. It is to be retired within five years and replaced with cleaner resources, pushing California coal generation down to zero. [Times of San Diego]

¶ “Gauge On Climate: Regions Must Secure Their Climate Future” • In Australia, with no credible federal approach to climate change in sight on the horizon, it’s time for our regional cities to step up to meet the challenge of climate change. And many of cities are moving forward with smart, ambitious climate and energy plans. [Tasmania Examiner]

Solar array

Science and Technology:

¶ “Can ‘Supercharged’ Plants Solve The Climate Crisis?” • The fight against climate change may seem hopeless, but humanity has a simple and powerful ally in plain sight: plants. At least that’s the belief of the botanist Joanne Chory and her team of scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego. They are modifying plants to absorb more CO₂. [Foreign Policy]

¶ “July Set To Smash Record As Hottest Month In Temperature History” • So far, July is the hottest on record. The past two weeks have been exceptionally warm across many areas of the planet, and this last week of July is forecast to bring new record highs to many areas of the northern hemisphere, from Europe to North America and Asia. [The Weather Network]

Weather in Europe (Image courtesy of Weather Bell)


¶ “520+ Electric Cars Are 1st To Cross Montreal’s New Samuel de Champlain Bridge” • Over 500 electric cars enjoyed the honor of being the first to cross the Samuel de Champlain Bridge in Montreal, Canada, which opened at 5:00 am on Monday, June 24th. This special bridge-crossing EV parade was organized by Club Tesla Quebec and AVEQ. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Provide Equipment For Onshore Wind Farms To RT Enerji And Turkeler” • RT Enerji and Turkeler have chosen GE Renewable Energy to provide equipment for five onshore wind farms being built in Turkey. A total of 49 3-MW onshore wind turbines will be installed in Izmir, Bilecik, Sakarya, and Istanbul. [Ankeny Daily News]

Wind farm

¶ “New Partnership To Finance 60 Mini-Grids In Tanzania” • CrossBoundary Energy Access, Africa’s first project financing facility for mini-grids, announced its first transaction to finance 60 mini-grids in Tanzania in partnership with a mini-grid developer, PowerGen Renewable Energy. Funding is through the Renewable Energy Performance Platform. [ESI Africa]


¶ “Speakers At DCD-San Francisco Ask, ‘Why Won’t Utility Companies Give Us The Renewable Energy We Want?'” • At this year’s Data Center Dynamics conference in San Francisco, speaker after speaker took to the stage to lament how utility companies refuse to provide even the largest corporations with the renewable energy they want. [CleanTechnica]

Google data center (Google image)

¶ “Solar Power Comes To Standing Rock Reservation” • A 300-kW solar power plant wouldn’t ordinarily be a CleanTechnica story. However, this particular solar facility is notable because it is located on the Standing Rock Reservation, just two miles from the Dakota Access pipeline that was the focus of a furious protest movement in 2016. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Planned Small Nuclear Project Reaches Milestone With More Utah Cities Signing On” • Enough communities in Utah and elsewhere have agreed to purchase nuclear power from a small modular reactor planned at the Idaho National Laboratory, to triggering a next phase in its development. They signed contracts for over 150 MW. [Deseret News]

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July 20 Energy News

July 20, 2019


¶ “4.37¢/kWh Proposed As Maximum Solar Tariff In Indian Auctions” • The National Solar Energy Federation of India proposed that all national-level solar power auctions in the country have a maximum tariff bid threshold. The industrial body has proposed a maximum threshold of ₹3.00/kWh (4.37¢/kWh) for the auctions. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar system (Courtesy: MNRE, India)

¶ “London: More Than 50,000 EV Charging Points By 2025” • The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and his Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce have some serious plans to transition London to zero-emissions transport as fast as possible. They would provide Londoners with at least 50,000 electric vehicle charge points by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “European Electric Car Market News – Triple The Number Of Models And More Battery Factories” • Analysis by IHS Markit found that European car makers plan to triple the number of models with plugs by the end of 2021, from 60 today to 210 just eighteen months from now. Europe will also see rapid growth in the capacity of battery factories. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen EVs at the LA Auto Show

¶ “Renewable Energy Capacity To Reach 260 GW By 2024” • India expects to have a renewable energy capacity of 260 GW by 2024, a government official said. India has set a target of 175 GW by 2022, the secretary to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said. India also plans a 30-GW capacity for manufacturing PVs by 2024. [The Asian Age]

¶ “Toyota And BYD To Jointly Develop EVs And Batteries In New Deal” • BYD and Toyota announced an agreement to partner on developing EV batteries. The agreement includes sedans and low-floor SUVs. The new set of vehicles will be produced under the Toyota brand specifically for the Chinese market, starting in the early 2020s. [CleanTechnica]

BYD bus battery (Image: Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Kenya’s President Formally Launches Africa’s Biggest Wind Power Farm” • Kenya has formally launched Africa’s largest windpower plant. The $680 million (€600 million) scheme, a 365-turbine wind farm on the eastern shores of Lake Turkana, is delivering 310 MW of power to the national grid of East Africa’s most dynamic economy. [Gulf Times]

¶ “Northern communities selected for U of S renewable energy project” • Two University of Saskatchewan professors are leading an $8.8 million international partnership project to explore how northern communities can achieve energy independence while benefiting economically and socially by developing renewable energy. [larongeNOW]

Installing PVs in Saskatchewan (file photo | paNOW Staff)

¶ “BayWa Commits To 100% Clean Power” • BayWa, a German company, has committed to cover all its electricity requirements with renewable energy from 2020 onwards. The company, which has businesses involved in agriculture, building materials, and energy, has joined the RE100 initiative led by the The Climate Group and CDP. [reNEWS]

¶ “TEPCO To Decommission Reactors At Fukushima No 2 Nuclear Plant” • TEPCO will formally decide to decommission the Fukushima No 2 nuclear plant. It informed the prefecture’s governor of its policy as early as this month, a company source said. The Fukushima No 2 was not damaged when the Fukushima No 1 plant had three meltdowns. [The Japan Times]

Fukushima No 2 (IAEA Imagebank, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Trump’s USDA Buried Sweeping Climate Change Response Plan” • The Agriculture Department quashed the release of a sweeping plan on how farmers could respond and adapt to climate change that was finalized in the early days of the Trump administration, according to a USDA employee with knowledge of the decision. [Politico]

¶ “New York Completes Nation’s Largest Renewable Energy Procurement” • New York has completed the single largest renewable energy procurement in any US state’s history. The state made awards for two offshore wind projects that total nearly 1.7 GW. The winning bids were Sunrise Wind for 880 MW and Equinor for 816 MW. [Energy Manager Today]

Ørsted turbine in the UK (Ørsted image)

¶ “Dangerous Heatwave Starts Hitting US And Canada” • Extremely hot weather has started to hit most of the US, with temperatures set to peak over the weekend, meteorologists say. The heatwave could affect about 200 million people in major cities like New York, Washington, and Boston in the East Coast, and the Midwest region too. [BBC]

¶ “Lucid Begins Work On Factory In Arizona” • This week, Lucid Motors finally broke ground on its factory in the city of Casa Grande, Arizona. David Salguero, Lucid Motors’ marketing manager, says the plant is on track to begin production of the Lucid Air electric car by late 2020, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle. [CleanTechnica]

Lucid Motors electric car (Courtesy of Lucid Motors)

¶ “Petition Seeks To Force New England Anti-Renewable Group To Disclose Its Donors” • Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen and New Hampshire legislators asked federal regulators to require a nonprofit that opposes state renewable energy subsidies to reveal its members, charging its claim that it represents ratepayers is misleading. [Energy News Network]

¶ “Continuing Shift To Renewables, AEP Commits To Coal Reductions” • The US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has approved a modified agreement that will accelerate emission reductions from American Electric Power’s remaining coal-fueled power plants in the Midwest, along with other provisions. [Solar Industry]

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July 19 Energy News

July 19, 2019


¶ “Car Parts From Weeds: The Future Of Green Motoring?” • Cars are responsible for a lot of the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, but their manufacture can emit as much CO₂ as all the fuel they burn. Could plastics made from weeds, modular designs, and other innovations help the motor industry reduce its carbon footprint? [BBC]

“Dandelions (Ion Chibzii, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “This Is How Natural Gas Loses: One Building At A Time” • Natural gas investors in the US are already beset a host of problems no investor would want. Now here comes another problem to add to the list: The city of Berkeley, California, has banned gas hookups for certain types of new buildings built after January 1, 2020. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Crown Backs Down And ‘Refines’ Plans For Offshore Wind Auction” • The Crown Estate has bowed to criticism over plans for the biggest offshore wind auction in a decade by agreeing to fairer terms for renewable energy companies. It said it has “refined” the plans to make developing renewable energy more affordable. [The Guardian]

Offshore wind power (Gareth Fuller | PA)

¶ “India To Achieve 63% Of Power Capacity From Renewable Energy” • India is likely to have 63% of its installed power capacity be non-fossil fuel sources by 2029-30, according to a report from the Central Electricity Authority. This would significantly exceed India’s Paris agreement target of 40% non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. [Greentech Lead]

¶ “REN21 Report Calls For ‘Ambitious And Sustained’ Policies To Make Energy Systems Sustainable” • Renewable energy use is on the rise, but a lack of “ambitious and sustained policies” hinders the sector’s potential contribution to reducing emissions and achieving climate and development goals, according to a report published by REN21. [IISD Reporting Services]

Solar power (Photo by American Public Power Association)

¶ “Last Month Was The Hottest June On Earth Ever Recorded” • If you thought last month felt really, really hot, you were right. June 2019 was the hottest June on record for the globe. The sizzling average land and sea temperature of June 2019 was 1.71°F (0.95°C) above the global average temp, making June 2019 the hottest June in 140 years. [Live Science]

¶ “South Africa Plans To Replace Nuclear Reactor That Produces Medical Isotopes” • The Nuclear Energy Corp of South Africa and the country’s Department of Energy are working with other parties on a multi-purpose research reactor that would take over from the current plant that has been making medical isotopes since 1965. [Bloomberg]

Safari-1 reactor (Source: NTP)


¶ “New York Climate Law Aims To Drive Dramatic Changes Over Next 30 Years” • A bill signed into law by New York Gov Andrew Cuomo sets the nation’s most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions. The law is intended to drive dramatic changes over the next 30 years. It calls for transitions in electricity, heating, and transportation. [PBS NewsHour]

¶ “A Raging Wildfire Is Burning Nearly 7,000 Acres Near Arizona’s Prescott National Forest” • A wildfire burning in central Arizona is forcing evacuations in a remote area near Prescott National Forest in Arizona, the US Forest Service said. The Cellar Fire has burned nearly 7,000 acres, and it was 0% contained as of Thursday, fire officials said. [CNN]

Fighting the Cellar Fire (KPHO | KTVK)

¶ “Expiring US Solar Power Subsidy Spurs Rush For Panels” • America’s biggest solar power developers, including Duke Energy, 8minute Solar Energy, and Shell-backed Silicon Ranch, are stockpiling panels to lock in a 30% federal tax credit set to start phasing out next year, a strategy that could backfire if panel prices slide substantially. []

¶ “DTE Energy Receives Approval To Purchase Three Wind Parks As It Transitions To Cleaner Energy” • DTE Energy announced that the Michigan Public Service Commission has conditionally approved its proposed purchase of three new Michigan wind parks to be completed in 2020. They add 455 MW to DTE’s wind portfolio. [Yahoo Finance]

Wind turbines

¶ “National Grid Increases Partners For Virtual Power Plant Project” • National Grid announced a partnership with SolarEdge Technologies for its ConnectedSolutions program in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Owners of solar inverters developed by SolarEdge will receive financial incentives for excess energy during demand peaks. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Scores US Offshore Hat-Trick” • JV partners Ørsted and Eversource signed a contract with Siemens Gamesa to supply turbines for a 1.7-GW portfolio of US offshore wind farms. The German-Spanish firm will deliver its 8-MW wind turbines to three projects, subject to final investment decisions, according to Ørsted. [reNEWS]

Building a wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Hawaiian Electric Finalizes Largest-Ever Renewables Procurement” • Hawaiian Electric Co says it plans to seek about 900 MW of new renewables, capable of generating about 2 million MWh each year. The requests for proposals are “among the largest single procurement efforts undertaken by a US utility,” the company said. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Illinois Agency Warns That State Is Not On Track To Meet Renewable Power Goals” • The head of the Illinois Power Agency, a state agency that procures power for Illinois utilities, is warning about a widening gap between the state’s ambitious renewable goals and its ability to meet them with existing funding and incentives. [Energy News Network]

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July 18 Energy News

July 18, 2019


¶ “Oceans Need Geoengineering, Not The Atmosphere” • Geoengineering is the study, and potential practice, of large-scale intentional changes to the Earth’s systems. Most ethicists are very cautious about it, but recent news of potential carbon-spikes suggests an area where it may be absolutely necessary: the oceans. [CleanTechnica]

Ocean CO₂ (Graphic via CoastAdapt)
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¶ “Trump Invents Fake Emergencies. Congress Should Declare A Real One On Climate” • President Trump invents crises. He declared a fake national emergency to seize funds that Congress refused to give him to build a wall on the Mexican border. He declared another phony national emergency over Iran in order to sell Saudi Arabia weapons. [CNN]

¶ “‘An Insanely Bad Move’: Experts Sound Alarm as Trump’s Nuclear Safety Agency Weighs Rollback of Plant Inspections” • For months, experts have raised an alarm over the nuclear power industry pressuring the NRC to roll back safety policies. Now, NRC staffers’ official recommendations include scaling back inspections to save money. [Common Dreams]

Nuclear power plant (Photo: Jeff Fusco | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Another Electric Vehicle Benefit: No Direct Exposure To Cancer-Causing Benzene” • Some people say they like the smell of gasoline, but that sweet odor they are talking about is probably a chemical called benzene, a very flammable liquid with a sweet aroma found in gasoline and crude oil. It is a known carcinogen. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Stanford Study Examines Hydrogen As A Commercially Viable Storage Medium For Renewable Energy” • Stanford University has published a report outlining how excess renewable energy could be used to make hydrogen, which can then be sold to commercial users at a profit. Hydrogen already has a well established market. [CleanTechnica]

Perovo solar farm (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)


¶ “Indian Company Plans 10-Gigawatt Lithium-ion Battery Plant” • Tata Chemicals, one of the largest chemical companies in India, announced plans to set up a lithium-ion battery plant in the western state of Gujarat. Tata Chemicals is part of the huge Indian conglomerate Tata Group, and it manufactures a wide variety of products. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Indian Cities Now Plan To Buy Thousands Of Electric Buses” • With the launch of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles (FAME-II) scheme in India, several cities are planning to introduce thousands of electric buses over the next few years. The central government is offering subsidies worth ₹2,500 crore ($360 million). [CleanTechnica]

BYD 12-meter bus (Image courtesy of BYD)

¶ “Tonga’s First Large Batteries Will Store Renewable Energy” • Tonga’s first large scaled Battery Energy Storage System is to be built at the Popua Power Station. It is expected to be operational in May 2020. Battery storage systems are vitally important to reach Tonga’s renewable energy target, which is to have of 50% renewable sources by 2020. [Matangi Tonga]

¶ “Indonesia’s President Signals A Transition Away From Coal Power” • President Joko Widodo expressed an intention to wean Indonesia off coal, reports say. This is despite his administration’s current policy to increase the country’s reliance on the fossil fuel. Indonesia has 39 coal-fired plants under construction and 68 more in the pipeline. [Eco-Business]

President Joko Widodo (Eduardo M Cp, CC BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “WA Unveils Demonstration Hydrogen Home, And Green Hydrogen Strategy” • West Australian gas network operator ATCO has unveiled a Clean Energy Hub it hopes will show the potential of hydrogen gas to help supply the domestic market, as the WA Government announces the creation of a $10 million Renewable Hydrogen Fund. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “Rock Hill, SC Installs A New Free-To-Ride Fully Electric Transit Bus System” • The city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, has added transit bus service for residents that is the manifestation of the future of transit in two key areas. First, the new bus fleet is fully electric from day one. Second, and perhaps most important, the new buses are free to ride. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra bus (Proterra courtesy image)

¶ “Black Hills Energy Adds New Wind Turbines To Help Businesses” • Black Hills Energy is moving toward renewable energy by adding wind turbines in Wyoming. The company will offer a renewable energy program called “Renewable Ready,” but the program is only to be available for commercial, industrial and governmental customers. [KEVN Black Hills Fox]

¶ “Alaskan Village, Maine Company And Alaska Governor Launch Sustainable River Energy Project” • The Igiugig Village Council and Maine-based ORPC, have celebrated the launch of ORPC’s commercial RivGen® Power System, a unique sustainable solution now available to remote river communities in Alaska and worldwide. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

RivGen® system (Courtesy of ORPC)

¶ “Rural Electricity Provider Announces Early Coal Plant Closure, Focus On Renewables” • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced plans to develop an “aggressive” energy plan to incorporate more wind and solar. The power provider currently relies on renewable energy for 30% of its power supply. [Colorado Public Radio]

¶ “Senate Passes Davis-Besse Bill, But House Adjourns Without Acting” • The Ohio General Assembly stopped just short of passing a bill to save the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, passing the latest version of the measure in the Senate but not in the House. The House is expected to take the measure up again August 1. [Sandusky Register]

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July 17 Energy News

July 17, 2019


¶ “What Happens When Parts Of South Asia Become Unlivable? The Climate Crisis Is Already Displacing Millions” • South Asia is already suffering as a result of climate change, a crisis caused by the developed world’s consumption patterns and fossil fuel-driven capitalism. Extremes of weather are driving people from their homes. [CNN]

Scene in Southeast Asia (MD Mughal | AP)

¶ “High Voltage Undersea Transmission Lines, Green Hydrogen Could Make Australia A Clean Energy Powerhouse” • Australia’s renewable resources may upstage coal and natural gas soon. Two plans, one for what could be the world’s largest solar farm and the other for a combination of wind and solar, could provide export energy products. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mini-Grids Are Ready To Change The World (Again)” • Mini-grids do not represent altogether new technology. In fact, the first grids built were mini-grids. Now electrification is coming full circle. Due to the declining cost of solar and storage, mini-grids have fallen dramatically in cost and they may change the world again. [Forbes]

PowerGen mini-grid in Tanzania (PowerGen Renewable Energy)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Driving Growth Of California Wildfires, Study Says” • Climate change caused the increase in size of wildfires occurring across California in the last 50 years, according to a study published in the journal Earth’s Future. The cause of the increase is simple. Hotter temperatures cause drier land, which causes a parched atmosphere. [CNN]


¶ “Reading Borough Council Commits To Buy 100% Renewable Energy” • Schools, care homes, and council offices in Reading, Berkshire, will use 100% renewable energy, as the council has committed to choose a green provider. The council currently spends around £2 million per year on energy for services such as buildings and street lighting. [Reading Chronicle]

Solar array

¶ “Renewable Power Outstrips Fossil Fuels In Europe” • In the first and second quarters of 2019, for the second consecutive year, European renewables produced more power than fossil fuels. Renewable projects generated 245.8 TWh of electricity in the three months to June 30, while fossil fuels produced 202.7 TWh in the same period. [Business Leader]

¶ “Wind Leads 50Hertz Renewables Surge” • Grid assets in the area of Germany covered by 50Hertz delivered almost 28 TWh of electricity from wind and solar in the first half of 2019, up from less than 23 TWh in 2018. Wind power supplied almost 21.6 TWh in the first six months of this year, rising from around 16.6 TWh in the same period last year. [reNEWS]

Laying cable (50Hertz image)

¶ “Green Energy Installations In India Cross 80 GW” • India’s renewable energy capacity has crossed 80 GW, against the government target of 175 GW by 2022. According to Minister of New & Renewable Energy R K Singh, a total of 80.46 GW of clean energy has been installed to date, including 29.55 GW of solar and 36.37 GW of windpower. [DNA India]

¶ “Scotland’s Wind Energy Just Set A New Record, Putting Country On Track For 100% Renewable Electricity In 2020” • Scotland is working on a goal of using renewable energy sources to provide 100% of Scotland’s gross annual electricity by 2020. The country’s use of windpower shows how reliable that source of energy can be. [Green Matters]

Wind turbine in Scotland (Jeff J Mitchell | Getty Images)

¶ “German Renewables Deliver More Electricity Than Coal And Nuclear Power For The First Time” • In Germany, sun, wind, water and biomass have so far produced more electricity in 2019 than coal and nuclear power combined. But it is said to be a snapshot of a special market situation and might not be a long-term trend. [Deutsche Welle]


¶ “PG&E Wildfire Policies Provide Opportunities For Tesla, Sunrun, And Others” • PG&E went bankrupt because fires started from its power lines. A Wall Street Journal story says that to avoid that problem, it has begun notifying customers in high risk areas that they may be without electricity for days at a time when the risk of wildfires is high. [CleanTechnica]

Wildfire in Yosemite National Park

¶ “Why Natural Gas Can’t Blow Off Biogas Threat Any More” • Natural gas may soon be facing competition from biogas. What biogas lacks is the flexibility and market reach provided by renewable energy certificates. Until now, that is. A new REC plan for biogas is up and running, and it could give natural gas a real run for the money. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Georgia Green Light For 2.2-GW Renewables Drive” • Regulators in Georgia have approved plans for Georgia Power to add 2260 MW of new renewables capacity and 80 MW of battery storage by 2024. Georgia Power’s renewables capacity will be increased to 5390 MW, representing 22% of the its generation portfolio. [reNEWS]

Georgia Power linemen

¶ “Another Wisconsin City Commits To 100% Clean Energy” • The La Crosse City Council in Wisconsin has unanimously passed a resolution establishing a goal of 100% clean, renewable energy across the city by 2050. La Crosse joins Eau Claire, Madison, Middleton, and Monona as the fifth Wisconsin city to adopt this goal. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Senate Nuclear Subsidies Plan Ends Energy Efficiency Requirements” • A new version of the comprehensive energy bill, HB6, was introduced in the Ohio Senate. It would charge residential ratepayers $0.85 a month on their electric bills to bail out the state’s two nuclear power plants. But the plan would allow efficiency standards to end. [WOSU]

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July 16 Energy News

July 16, 2019


¶ “When It Comes To Automotive CEO Longevity, Tesla’s Elon Musk Is Now King” • Elon Musk is famous for making bold claims and big bets, and then pulling off what seemed impossible. Now he has another interesting claim to automotive fame: he is the longest tenured CEO in the automotive world. That’s an amazing feat. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk in CleanTechnica shirt (Chanan Bos | CleanTechnica)


¶ “China Approves 22.8 GW Of Solar PV For 2019 Subsidies” • China’s National Energy Administration has announced the results of its first national solar auction for projects approved for Feed-in Tariffs. It has awarded 22.78 GW across 3,921 projects, all of which must be completed and grid-connected by the end of the year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Abu Dhabi Is Replanting Mangroves In The Fight Against Climate Change” • The coastal city of Abu Dhabi is threatened both by rising sea levels and increasing heat of climate change. By planting mangrove trees along the coastline, it is protecting the land from erosion, wave surges, and floods, and it is drawing down CO₂ from the atmosphere. [CNN]

Mangrove trees (CNN image)

¶ “Philippines Switches On It’s First Hybrid Floating PV Hydro Power Project” • The Philippines’ first 200-kW floating solar power project has been switched on. The project is part of the partnership between Ocean Sun, based in Norway, and GCL-SI, which provided the modules used for the construction of the floating solar facility. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Radical Changes Proposed For Indonesia To Meet Clean Energy Target” • Indonesia will require nothing less than a policy overhaul – starting with its state-owned power utility – to meet the target of having 23% of its electricity generated from hydro, solar, and other renewable sources in 2025, according to an AT Kearney report. [Eco-Business]

PV array on Sumba Island (Asian Development Bank image)

¶ “How Decentralised Renewables Are Creating Jobs” • Power for All released its first annual jobs census measuring employment from decentralized renewables for rural electrification in Africa and Asia. The census shows that delivering energy access to almost 1 billion people is emerging as a significant employment opportunity. [ESI Africa]

¶ “Renewable Energy Workforce In India Grew Five Times In Past Five Years: Study” • India’s renewable energy workforce has grown five-fold in the past five years, according to a report published by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Skill Council for Green Jobs. []

Cleaning reflectors

¶ “Italy To Hold First 500-MW Renewables Auction On Sept 30” • The Italian Ministry of Economic Development signed a decree implementing an auction and incentive scheme for solar and renewable energy. The European Commission had approved the action in mid-June. The first procurement exercise is planned for September 30. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Swedish Wind And Solar ‘Set To Double’” • The renewable energy capacity in Sweden is projected to more than double by 2030, analysis from GlobalData says. Renewables capacity, excluding hydropower, is forecast to increase from 14,800 MW in 2019 to 30,400 MW in 2030. Hydropower is nearly 40% of Sweden’s installed capacity. [reNEWS]

Swedish wind farm (Image: Arise)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Open Offshore Wind Factory And Development Centre In China” • A GE offshore wind factory in Jieyang will help to meet China’s growing demand for offshore wind energy and will also serve regional projects. Construction is expected to begin about the end of this year, and production in the second half of 2021. [Construction Global]


¶ “Harley Davidson LiveWire – 0 To 60 In 3 Seconds, 145 Mile Range, $29,799” • Will an electric motorcycle make Harley Davidson great again? Five years in the making, its LiveWire electric bike will begin production soon, and you can reserve one online today. For $29,799, a buyer gets a bike that screams to 60 mph in 3 seconds. [CleanTechnica]

Harley Davidson LiveWire (Harley Davidson image)

¶ “New York Times: EPA To Limit Ability To Oppose Pollution Permits” • The EPA is working to change rules that allow individuals or community advocates to fight agency-issued permits that regulate how much pollution can be released by area power plants and factories, according to a report in The New York Times. [CNN]

¶ “California Orders Chevron To ‘ Take All Measures’ To Halt Massive Spill Of Oil-Water Mixture” • About 800,000 gallons of an oil-water mixture, including about 240,000 of oil, has spilled in the last two months at a Chevron operation in California. The state ordered Chevron to “take all measures” to the stop the flow immediately. [CNN]

Chevron oil field (California Dept of Fish and Wildlife, via AP)

¶ “AEP Swoops On 1.5 GW Oklahoma wind” • American Electric Power is looking to buy 1,485 MW of wind capacity in Oklahoma. Two subsidiaries, Southwestern Electric Power Company and Public Service Company of Oklahoma, are seeking regulatory approvals to purchase three wind projects being developed by Invenergy for $2 billion (€1.75 billion). [reNEWS]

¶ “Ohio Gas Plant Project In Jeopardy If Nuclear Bill Passes” • LS Power said it would end a project to expand a gas-fired power plant in Ohio if the state’s lawmakers pass legislation to subsidize the state’s two nuclear power plants. The company said a subsidy for nuclear power could lead to “reduced reliability for Ohio’s electric generation fleet.” [POWER magazine]

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July 15 Energy News

July 15, 2019


¶ “A Pathway To 350 PPM Part 2: Carbon Farming Can Deliver” • Inefficiencies in how we obtain the energy to power the human body provide a lifeline for us to get out of the climate crisis. We have the land we need; we just have to use it better. By reducing the amount of land we need for food, we free up land for carbon sequestration in forests. [CleanTechnica]

Agroforestry plantation in Nicaragua (© Ryan Logtenberg)

¶ “Climate Change Will Be A Slow-Motion, Multi-Generational Train Wreck. We Should Talk About That” • Dealing with climate change will require the end of the selfie-madness of the “Me Generation.” And it will require abandoning leaders who think governing is all about them and are more interested in the size of the audience than wise policy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Politics Not Technology: What Must Change For The World To Go 100% Renewable By 2050” • A study published by Energy Watch Group and researchers at Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology in Finland concluded that dealing with climate change requires a change in political will more than any other thing. [Power Technology]

Wind turbines (US DOE photo)


¶ “Scotland’s Wind Could Power Every Home Across Scotland And North Of England” • Figures provided by Weather Energy, show that between January and June, Scottish wind turbines provided enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes for those six months. That is nearly twice the number of homes in Scotland. [WWF-UK]

¶ “Germany Stares Into The Abyss And Sees A Price On Carbon As Inevitable” • With current policies, Germany is not going to achieve the carbon reductions it committed to in Paris, a cut of 55% by 2030, according to a report by Germany’s Council of Economic Experts. To get there, they recommend setting a price on carbon. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging in Germany (Tesla Shuttle | CleanTechnica)

¶ “MENA To Invest $209 Billion On Power Generation Through 2023 As Demand Swells” • Middle East and North African economies have to invest $209 billion (Dh767 billion) in the power sector over the next five years to meet growing electricity demand, as they continue spending on renewable energy projects. [The National]

¶ “Distributed Renewable Energy Sector To Create 400,000 Jobs In India” • The distributed renewable energy sector is set to create 400,000 jobs in India by 2023, including 190,000 direct, formal jobs, almost double the current number, as well as 210,000 direct, informal jobs, according to the first annual jobs census by Power for All. []

Worker in a solar farm

¶ “Total Eren And EDF Renewables Sign PPA For 716 MW Of Solar Projects In India” • Total Eren and EDF Renewables have signed 25-year long term power purchase agreements for four solar power projects to have a total installed capacity of 716 MW. These projects are located in northern India, in the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. [Mercom India]

¶ “Masdar, Amernia Sign MOU For 500 MW Of Wind, Solar Capacity” • Armenian National Interests Fund and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, better known as Masdar, signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of 500 MW of renewable energy capacity, including 300 MW of solar and 200 MW of windpower. [Renewables Now]

Yerevan (Photo: Matthias Ripp)

¶ “Nuclear Lobby Identifies Preferred Sites For 20 Nukes In Australia” • The Australian Institute of Energy in Victoria was given a presentation by the Australian Nuclear Association. ANA vice president Robert Parker outlined his hopes for the country to adopt nuclear and for the renewable energy industry to be stopped in its tracks. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Alberta Company To Try To Harness Bay Of Fundy’s Powerful Tides” • Alberta-based Jupiter has been granted permission to try to harness electricity from the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy. Backers have long touted the massive energy potential of Fundy’s tides but large-scale commercial efforts to harness them have borne little fruit so far. []

Tidal turbine (Cape Sharp Tidal)


¶ “Barry Weakens To A Tropical Depression, But Authorities Still Warn Of Dangerous Flooding” • Barry is forecast to produce an additional 3 to 6 inches of rain from the lower Mississippi River Valley through portions of Arkansas, northwest Mississippi, and west Tennessee. Some areas in this region could see storm totals upward of 15 inches. [CNN]

¶ “America Is Building Another Big Wall. This One Will Protect New York” • By 2025, New York’s Staten Island will be fortified by a towering seawall running 5.3 miles along the coast, an engineering feat designed to ward off a growing threat. The climate crisis is predicted to create more powerful and extreme weather systems all over the world. [CNN]

Staten Island seawall

¶ “Vineyard Seeks To Overturn ‘Flawed’ Permit Refusal” • Vineyard Wind is seeking to overturn a local authority’s refusal to permit transmission cables for the 800-MW Vineyard offshore wind farm in Massachusetts. The developer said the Edgartown Conservation Commission’s decision was “inconsistent with the evidence before it” and “flawed.” [reNEWS]

¶ “Bitter Ridge Stars For Constellation” • Scout Clean Energy is to supply 80% of the electricity from the 130-MW Bitter Ridge wind farm in Indiana to Exelon subsidiary Constellation under a 15-year power purchase agreement. The project in Jay County will feature 52 GE 2.82 series turbines. It is expected to be online in September 2020. [reNEWS]

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July 14 Energy News

July 14, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Crisis Weekly: Weekly Disasters, Flooding Forces Moves, Climate Review Off The Table, More” • Climate crisis disasters are happening at an average rate of one per week, the UN says, giving this feature of Electrek new definition. Many “lower-impact” disasters are happening in developing countries and draw relatively little attention. [Electrek]



¶ “Pay Dues Or No Electricity: Centre Tells Tamil Nadu” • India’s central government has told the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation, which is losing money and delaying payments, that it will not be able to purchase power from the private power companies unless they settle their outstanding amounts due to them. [The News Minute]

¶ “‘Just A Matter Of When’: The $20 Billion Plan To Power Singapore With Australian Solar” • The desert outside Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, is not the most obvious place to build Singapore’s future electricity supply. Though few in the southern states are yet to take notice, a group of Australian developers are betting that will change. [The Guardian]

Northern Territory solar system (Alice Solar City | AAP)

¶ “Morocco On Course To Meet Renewable Energy Targets For 2030” • Morocco is marching steadily towards fulfilling its renewable energy goal of generating 52% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The country is launching a new process to tender for a solar power plant in Midelt known as Noor Midelt II. [The North Africa Post]

¶ “How Solar Micro-Grids Are Powering Myanmar’s Villages” • Yoma Micro Power is building solar power and micro-grids in Myanmar. Each of its 51 micro plants can power a small town and its surrounding areas. By the end of 2019, Yoma Micro Power plans to build 200 more solar power plants. And it is just one of the country’s microgrid pioneers. [GovInsider]

Myanmar (Stefano Alemani, Unsplash)

¶ “Centre Takes Dim View Of Jagan Mohan Reddy’s Plan To Tweak Power Tariffs, PPAs” • Reacting to the decision by Andhra Pradesh to cancel power purchase agreements in renewable energy sector and renegotiate tariffs, Union renewable energy minister RK Singh warned this would impact foreign investment flows into the sector. [Economic Times]

¶ “Unprecedented Fires Burn The Arctic” • The wildfires now burning around the Arctic “unprecedented,” according to the World Meteorological Organization. The UN agency noted that over 100 intense fires burned in the Arctic Circle alone over the past six weeks, releasing more CO₂ into the atmosphere than Sweden does in an entire year. [Mashable SE Asia]

Fire and smoke in the Arctic


¶ “Ford To Partner With Electrify America For Customer Access To EV Charging Network” • Mike Levine, North America Product Communications Manager for Ford, revealed that Ford would be announcing details of a partnership with Volkswagen’s Electrify America charging subsidiary. Electrify America will also provide charging to Harley Davidson owners. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Barry Moves Deeper Into Louisiana With More Rain On The Way” • Tropical Storm Barry moved deeper inland, dumping heavy rain and overtopping levees in areas along the Louisiana coastline. Tropical storm-force winds extended up to 175 miles outward from the storm’s center, but the rainfall always posed the greatest threat. [CNN]

Coping with water (Matthew Hinton | AP)

¶ “US Auto Sales Down For Nissan, Jeep, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Chevrolet, Honda, Mercedes, Infiniti, Audi, Mini, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Buick, And Cadillac In 2019” • Most auto brands saw their sales decrease in the US during the first half of 2019. Excluding Tesla (and Jaguar, which does not report sales), US auto sales were down 161,810. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Navajo Nation Council To Mull Renewable Energy Resources Bill” • A bill that proposes the Navajo Nation focus on generating revenue from renewable energy sources is headed to the Navajo Nation Council. The legislation would rescind the tribe’s current energy policy and direct its Department of Justice to draft a new one. [Farmington Daily Times]

Navajo Generating Station in 2011 (Ross D Franklin | AP)

¶ “Minnesota To Consider Using Energy Storage For Peaker Plants” • Gas peaker plants may be among the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans. Peaker plants operate when utilities face high demand for short periods, such as on hot summer days. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

¶ “As The World Heats Up, The Climate For News Is Changing, Too” • As Europe heats up, Greenland melts and the Midwest floods, many news organisations are devoting more resources to climate change. In Florida, six newsrooms with different owners have taken the unusual step of pooling resources and sharing their reporting on the issue. [TODAYonline]

Greenland’s melting ice (Reuters)

¶ “Fire Reached Within 150 Feet Of Main Power Plant” • A wildfire got to within 150 feet of the power plant that produces more than 80% of the fossil-fuel-generated power on the island of Maui and hosts the control systems for industry scale renewable energy, according to Maui Electric Co. The fire also threatened transmission lines. [Maui News]

¶ “Trump Rejects Import Quotas On Uranium, But Creates Group To Find Ways To Boost Domestic Production” • President Trump rejected Department of Commerce recommendations that likely would have revived uranium mining in the US, but he also created a working group to review the country’s nuclear fuel supply chain over the next 90 days. [Salt Lake Tribune]

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July 13 Energy News

July 13, 2019


¶ “The Climate Crisis Is Making Storms Like Barry Worse” • Tropical Storm Barry, like Hurricane Florence last year and Harvey the year before, looks like it will once again provide us with an example of what the climate crisis is doing to storms right now, with heavy rainfall from slow moving storms leading to devastating floods. [CNN]

CNN weather forecast with Tropical Storm Barry (CNN)

¶ “A Pathway To 350 PPM Part 1: Carbon Sequestration Is Vital” • According to ​Hansen et al​, a safe level of atmospheric CO​₂​ to avert runaway global warming is below 350 PPM. We are at 414 and climbing. So we have our work seriously cut out for us not only to reduce our emissions, but sequester greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Indian Water Train Arrives With Desperately Needed Relief For Chennai” • A train carrying 2.5 million liters of water rolled into the southern Indian city of Chennai, providing desperately needed relief to residents who have been facing an acute water shortage for the past month. It is the first water train for the city’s 4.5 million people. [CNN]

Chennai water train


¶ “Kenyan Court Puts Kibosh On Country’s First Coal-Fired Plant” • A court in Kenya blocked the country’s first coal facility, a Chinese-led 981-MW station, after activists sued. They claimed that developers failed to carry out a rigorous environmental assessment and failed to inform the local people of potential impacts, The Guardian reported. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford And Volkswagen Autonomous And Electric Car Marriage Is Official” • Volkswagen put its MEB chassis on the table. Ford brought its newly acquired Argo AI division to the party. CNBC reports that spending on self-driving vehicle technology is expected to reach $85 billion annually by 2025, according to a June study by AlixPartners. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID concept car (Nicolas Zart | CleanTechnica)

¶ “UK Net Zero Goal ‘Requires 263 GW By 2050′” • National Grid estimates the UK will require 263 GW of installed power capacity to meet its net zero carbon emissions goal by 2050. The company said in its ‘Future Energy Scenarios 2019’ report that a net zero scenario would see annual electricity demand reaching 491 TWh by 2050. [reNEWS]

¶ “Foreign Investors Pumped $1.02 Billion Equity In India’s Clean Energy Space In FY19” • The foreign investors’ interest in India’s emerging green economy continues, with around $1.02 billion of equity investment made by them in the current financial year to date, according to data compiled by consulting firm Bridge to India for Mint. [Livemint]

Clean energy in India (Pradeep Gaur | Mint)

¶ “Iran 90% Self-Sufficient In Renewables Equipment” • “Iran-made renewable equipment are of very high quality and can compete with renowned brands in global markets,” IRNA quoted Seyed Mohammad Sadeqzadeh as saying. According to the official, the country’s renewable industry has witnessed over 60% growth in the past few years. [Tehran Times]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Open New Offshore Wind Energy Factory In China” • GE Renewable Energy will open a new offshore wind energy factory and operation and development center in Guangdong province. The new factory will help GE Renewable Energy to serve the rapidly growing offshore wind power demand in the region and China. [REVE]

New GE facility in China


¶ “State Utility Regulators Approve Power Contract For Planned Hancock County Wind Farm” • A contract under which Emera Maine will pay the 72.6-MW Weaver Wind LLC 3.5¢/kWh, with increases of 2.5%, annually was unanimously supported by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, officials said. The wind farm is to be operational in 2020. [Bangor Daily News]

¶ “New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry” • The Mississippi River, which is usually at 6 to 8 feet in midsummer in New Orleans, is now at 16 feet, owing to record spring flooding along the waterway. Barry is threatening a storm surge of 2 to 3 feet at the mouth of the river, which will bring cresting at 19 feet. [CNN]

The storm hasn’t even hit yet. (Matthew Hinton | AP)

¶ “TVA Boosts Solar Power But Still Trails Other Regions In Use Of The Sun” • The Tennessee Valley Authority board will vote on a new plan next month. It envisions replacing old coal plants with more nuclear, up to 14 GW of solar, purchased wind, natural gas, and battery storage by 2040. But critics are not entirely happy with the details. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

¶ “Clean Power Alliance Signs Deals For Renewable Energy In Southern California” • The board of the Clean Power Alliance community choice aggregator authorized long-term two PPAs for 273 MW of solar capacity. It also signed a deal for for 12.8 MW of hydropower from a federal dam, though part of this was built over an active fault. [The South Pasadenan]

Lake Isabella (

¶ “Montana Energy Storage Project Lines Up Financial Partner” • Construction on a $1 billion energy storage system in central Montana could start as soon as next year, having reached a financing agreement with a Danish firm, its sponsors said. The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro Project would have a 400-MW capacity. [Great Falls Tribune]

¶ “Trump Finds A Trade Fight He Doesn’t Like In Uranium Imports” • President Trump found a trade fight he doesn’t like. After disrupting global markets by imposing tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods, he decided against putting a cap on uranium imports. US nuclear power plants get 97% of their fuel from foreign sources. [Yahoo Canada Finance]

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July 12 Energy News

July 12, 2019


¶ “Why The Future Is Bright For 100% Clean Energy” • A city in Texas with oil derricks on its license plates. A Kansas town devastated by a tornado. An isolated Alaskan island, known for its huge bears. What do they have in common? All are in red states, yet their electricity is generated from 100% renewable energy sources. [WhoWhatWhy]

Wind farm in Texas (Photo: Library of Congress)

¶ “Tropical Storm Barry Could Hit The Gulf Coast With ‘Unprecedented’ Flooding. Climate Change Is Likely To Blame” • The Mississippi River is already bursting as a result of months of flooding in the Midwest and South, and Tropical Storm Barry is about to make the situation really dire. Experts say it is a sign of things to come. [Time]

¶ “Giant Batteries And Cheap Solar Power Are Shoving Fossil Fuels Off The Grid” • Los Angeles is expected to approve a deal for a solar farm and battery to provide 7% of the electricity for the city at 1.997¢/ kWh for the solar power and 1.3¢/ kWh for the battery. That’s cheaper than any power generated with fossil fuel or nuclear power. [Science Magazine]

Solar farm in California (8minute Solar Energy image)


¶ “The Texas Oil Boom Is Messing With OPEC’s Plans To Keep Prices High” • To set a floor under oil prices, OPEC is showing remarkable restraint by holding back production. But that effort keeps getting undermined by the American shale oil boom. That problem for OPEC doesn’t seem to be going away. OPEC warned of a supply glut in 2020. [CNN]

¶ “The Coal Mine That Ate Hambacher Forest” • More than a third of Germany’s electricity is still produced by burning coal, and that coal is mostly dirty brown lignite. Environmental activists are fighting to change this. A small area of forest not far from the Dutch border has become the focal point of their campaign. [BBC]

Hambacher forest

¶ “Gujarat To Subsidize Rooftop Solar Systems In 200,000 Homes” • The Indian state of Gujarat announced its budget for the financial year 2019-20. Along with an allocation of money for on-ground solar power, the state is providing subsidies of ₹1,000 crore ($145 million) for rooftop solar systems, enough for about 200,000 families. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vattenfall Wins 760-MW Subsidy-Free Dutch Offshore Wind Tender” • Swedish energy group Vattenfall won the most recent subsidy-free offshore wind tender in the Netherlands. It has been awarded the right to build the 760-MW Hollandse Kust Zuid  3 & 4 offshore wind farm. Vattenfall will begin offshore construction in 2022. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine (Image: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy)

¶ “Pilbara Green Hydrogen Project Grows To 15 GW Of Wind And Solar” • The huge wind and solar project planned for the Pilbara region of West Australian has grown in scope again. It will now aim to build 15 GW of wind and solar capacity as it focuses on encouraging local industry and the “green” hydrogen export and domestic markets. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Plan To Build 10 Offshore Wind Power Hubs In North Sea Deemed Feasible” • The North Sea Wind Power Hub program is one way the countries on the North Sea are trying to meet their Paris climate goals. After studying the ways it could proceed, the NSWPH announced that a plan for up to 10 offshore wind energy hubs is technically feasible. [CleanTechnica]

Illustration of the hub-and-spoke concept (NSWPH image)

¶ “Colombia’s Renewables Share Goes Up To 88.36% In June” • Colombia’s renewable energy power plants produced 88.36% of the country’s electricity in June, a daily average of 170.08 GWh, according to the Colombian grid operator XM Compania de Expertos en Mercados. This is a 5.66% growth from the figure for this May. [Renewables Now]

¶ “South Korea Could Soon Be Home To The World’s Biggest Floating Offshore Wind Farm” • Equinor, the Korea National Oil Corporation, and Korea East-West Power formed a consortium to develop a 200-MW floating offshore wind project off the coast of South Korea. Equinor announced it is starting on a feasibility study for the project. [CNBC]

Floating turbines (Carina Johansen | Bloomberg | Getty Images)


¶ “High-Tide Flooding Is Only Going To Get Worse, NOAA Says” • US Coastal communities saw an uptick in flooding from high tides last year, and it’s not likely to get any better, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a report. Last year tied the 2015 record for a national median of five days of high-tide flooding. [CNN]

¶ “It’s Lindsey Graham Vs. Donald Trump On Climate Change” • Sen Lindsey Graham is sounding an alarm on climate change, and hoping to make it loud enough for President Donald Trump to hear. Graham said acknowledging – and embracing – climate change as an issue in the GOP can be a good thing, and the party is ignoring it at its own peril. [CNN]

Lindsey Graham (Nicholas Kamm | AFP | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “DeWitt Transitioning To 100% Renewable Energy Using Solar Farm” • After six years of pushing for clean electricity, the Town of DeWitt, New York, will start running on a new source of energy. “We’re going to be off the grid by 2020 by solar,” said resident Sonia Kragh, a Sierra Club member. “That’s an immense accomplishment.” [Spectrum News]

¶ “Construction Set To Begin On $335 Million Wind Farm In Knox County” • Renewable energy developer Longroad Energy announced in a news release the beginning of construction for a $335 million wind farm in Knox County, Texas. Other investors in the project include two Danish pension funds represented by US investment manager AIP. [Times Record News]

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July 11 Energy News

July 11, 2019


¶ “Putin: Is He Right About Wind Turbines And Bird Deaths?” • Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against over-reliance on renewable energy, something he says harms birds and other wildlife. Estimates are that 0.3 birds die per GWh generated by wind, and 5.2 die per GWh from fossil fuels. But fossil fuels provide Russia with half its income. [BBC]

Birds and turbines (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Antarctica’s Ice Is Degrading Faster Than We Thought, And There May Be No Way To Stop The Consequences” • There are plenty of ominous indicators of the consequences of climate change, but few are more worrying to scientists than the ice sheets of Antarctica at our planet’s southern pole. It doesn’t take a degree in physics to understand the risk. [CNN]


¶ “Mumbai Rains: Is India’s Weather Becoming More Extreme?” • With unusually severe rainfall in India’s financial capital Mumbai over the past few weeks, and severe drought conditions in other parts of the country, questions are being raised about whether extreme events are becoming more common. Reality Check had a look. [BBC]

Flooding in Mumbai (Getty Images)

¶ “Next UK Renewable Auction Could See End Of Subsidies” • The next renewable energy auction in the UK could result in subsidy-free projects awarded contracts as next-generation offshore wind technology reduces costs. Winning bids in the next UK auction round are expected to be awarded at rates that are close to wholesale. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The MINI Electric Is Finally Here!” • The MINI, an icon of British culture, announced a MINI Electric. The new electrified offering is not a concept, but is actually set to come to market in early 2020. With competitive pricing, the MINI Electric will stick to the brand’s original promise to deliver an affordable compact vehicle for the masses. [CleanTechnica]

New electric MINI

¶ “Dutch Tender Result ‘Proves Offshore Cost Credentials’” • The result of the Hollandse Kust Zuid 3&4 auction has confirmed the offshore wind industry’s low-cost credentials, according to WindEurope’s chief executive He said the tender shows the sector is now the cheapest form of new power in north-west Europe apart from onshore wind. [reNEWS]

¶ “Electric Cars Could Form Battery Hubs To Store Renewable Energy” • A fleet of 35 million electric vehicles could help the UK reach its net-zero carbon target, according to the energy system operator, National Grid. Electric cars will use wind and solar power to charge up and act as battery packs for when the grid needs more energy. [The Guardian]

Car at a charging station (Christopher Thomond | The Guardian)

¶ “Morocco’s Platinum Power Partners With China’s CFHEC On $300 Million Hydropower Project” • Renewable energy investor Platinum Power, minority-owned by US private equity firm Brookstone Partners, announced that it has teamed up with China’s CFHEC to build a $300 million hydropower plant in central Morocco. [Reuters]

¶ “Renewable Energy Investment Dips 14% To $117.6 Billion In First Half” • Renewable energy investment dropped 14% to $117.6 billion in the first half of 2019, according to the latest figures from BloombergNEF. The report said renewable energy investment in the world’s biggest market, China, fell 39% to $28.8 billion. [Greentech Lead]

Renewable energy investment
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¶ “‘Opportunities Everywhere’: NREL Study Shows Mass Potential For Storage To Provide Peaking Capacity” • The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that four hours of storage could meet peaking capacity across the country, with the potential to exceed 50 GW. Currently, fossil fuels are backed up by 261 GW of peaking capacity. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Why New Orleans Is Vulnerable To Flooding” • New Orleans was built above sea level, but for a long time it has been sinking. And from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to threats of flooding this week, a few facts on – and in – the ground explain why the Big Easy is uniquely vulnerable to massive flooding. The city has four major issues working against it. [CNN]

Parked car in New Orleans (Matthew Hinton | AP)

¶ “US Is World’s Largest Producer Of Fossil Fuels” • BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2019 was released in June, and the findings revealed that the US is leading the world in production of fossil fuels. Among the important facts in the review, one thing stood out: The US made 98% of total global additions, an astonishing figure. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “Tesla Ready To Increase Production At Fremont Factory” • An internal email to employees from Jerome Guillen, President of Automotive at Tesla, said the company is “making preparations” to raise output at its factory in Fremont, California. “While we can’t be too specific in this email, I know you will be delighted …” he is quoted as saying. [CleanTechnica]

Welding a Tesla Model 3 (Chanan Bos | CleanTechnica)

¶ “GoFundMe Set Up To Help Kentucky Miners” • Community Action Kentucky announced that a GoFundMe account has been set up to support miners and families affected by the Blackjewel LLC mine closures, according to a new release. Community Action Kentucky is an association of community action agencies across the state. [Huntington Herald Dispatch]

¶ “GE Hitachi To Help Decommission Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station” • GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy won the contract by Comprehensive Decommissioning International to decommission reactor internals and the reactor pressure vessel at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township, New Jersey. [Electric Light & Power]

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July 10 Energy News

July 10, 2019


¶ “Flexible And Efficient Use Of Electricity From Renewable Sources To Answer Society Needs” • Denmark’s electricity production from wind was close to 50% in 2018. The Danish transition to an energy system based on renewable power sources is a snap shot of the future that many countries are currently realizing. [Open Access Government]

Danish energy (Data source: EMD International A/S)
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¶ “In Environment Speech, Trump Fails To Mention Climate Change” • President Trump, a president who dedicated much of his first term to unraveling environmental protections that were established by former President Obama, delivered a 45-minute address on the environment. He never mentioned climate change. [Scientific American]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Stanford Study Shows Realigned Wind Turbines Can Boost Output Of Wind Farms” • Wake from a wind turbine can reduce the output of nearby wind turbines. A Stanford group developed calculations to optimize misalignment angles for turbines to reduce wake effects. At a test in Alberta, the system they created increased output considerably. [CleanTechnica]

Wake (Rebecca Konte | Stanford University | Dabiri Lab)


¶ “Russia Readies To Ratify Paris Agreement, Warns About Renewables ‘Absolutism’” • The Russian government has ordered two ministries to submit legislation to ratify the Paris climate agreement by September. Putin, however, said renewable energy should not lead to “the complete abandonment of nuclear or hydrocarbon energy.” [EURACTIV]

¶ “Total, EDF Renewables To Develop 700 MW Of Solar Power Projects In India” • Total, one of the world’s major integrated oil and gas companies, along with French energy group EDF Renewables, will develop four solar power projects in India through their joint subsidiary EDEN Renewables India. Their combined capacity is 716 MW. [Business Standard]

Solar system in India (Stefan Krasowski, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Extinction Rebellion And PR agencies Call For Industry To Declare ‘Climate Conflicts’” • Climate activists Extinction Rebellion are supporting a letter signed by more than a dozen PR agencies announcing their refusal to work on fossil fuel briefs, and calling for the PR industry to declare its ‘climate conflicts.’ Several have already begun on disclosures. [PRWeek]

¶ “Offshore Wind Energy To Be $70 Billion By 2025” • The Global offshore wind energy industry, which is valued about $18.479 billion in 2016 is projected to grow with a healthy rate of more than 15.9% over the forecast period 2018-2025, a market research report by Global Reports Store said. At this rate, it would reach $69.63 billion by 2025. [OE Digital]

Offshore wind turbine (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Tamworth Council To Power 1000 Homes From Landfill Gas” • Councillors in Tamworth, New South Wales, voted in favour of awarding a 20-year contract to LMS Energy to turn landfill gas into electricity to pumped into the grid. The renewable power plant will turn the region’s rubbish into enough gas to power about 1000 homes. [The Northern Daily Leader]

¶ “Risen Energy Begins Construction Of Biggest Solar Farm In WA” • The boom in construction of large-scale renewable power plants in Western Australia continues apace. Risen Energy announced that it has begun construction of the 100-MW (AC) or 132-MW (DC) Merredin solar farm. It is likely that a battery system will be added later. [RenewEconomy]

Yarranlea solar farm in Queensland


¶ “Chinese Expert Warns Australia Against Investing In New Coal Mines” • A Chinese renewable energy expert warned Australia against investing in new coal mines because her country, one of Australia’s biggest coal customers, is moving away from coal for energy production. China’s installed generating capacity is 38.3% renewable. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Chinese Thermal Coal Demand Set To Fall With Launch Of New Power Transmission Line” • A tranmission line of ultra-high voltage, at 1.1 million volts, and 3,324 km (2,065-miles) long, has been launched in China. It is expected to cut demand for thermal coal dramatically, according to market sources quoted by S&P Global Platts. [CleanTechnica]

Coal-fired plant (Kleineolive, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0)

¶ “China Set To Take Stage As Largest Energy Storage Market In APAC By 2024” • Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables expects China will be the largest energy storage market in the Asia Pacific region by 2024. China’s storage capacity is expected to increase from 489 MW/843 MWh, in 2017, to 12,500 MW/32,100 MWh, in 2024. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Sanders And Ocasio-Cortez Pressure Congress To Declare Climate Change A National Emergency” • Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont teamed up with Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon to unveil a new resolution that would declare climate change a national emergency. [CNN]

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (CNN image)

¶ “Lowell Council OKs Green-Energy Boost” • The City Council of Lowell, Massachusetts, voted unanimously for a Community Choice Aggregation agreement that increases the portion of green energy purchased through the program by 45%. This is in addition to the state-required 14%, so, if all goes well, 59% of the city’s electricity will be renewable. [Lowell Sun]

¶ “Nevada Passes Bill To Boost Renewable Energy Portfolio” • Nevada took a bold step towards promoting clean energy as it recently passed a couple of new laws pertaining to the use of renewable resources. The state aims to fulfill at least half of its total energy needs through the use of clean resources by the year 2030. [Clean Energy Authority]

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July 9 Energy News

July 9, 2019


¶ “The World Needs To Get Serious About Combating Carbon Emissions” • With global emissions on the rise, the world is facing an exceptional challenge that demands a giant leap in innovation. Energy-related carbon emissions hit a high last year, making it increasingly hard for the world to meet international climate goals. [CNN]

Living with Pollution (Money Sharma | AFP | AFP | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Air Pollution Ages Your Lungs Faster And Increases Your Risk Of COPD, Study Says” • Air pollution does a lot more damage to our lungs than scientists realized, according to a study in the European Respiratory Journal. Researchers found it ages lungs more quickly and puts us at higher risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [CNN]

¶ “MIT Aerogel Generates Passive Heat From Sunlight” • In below freezing weather on a rooftop at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the inside of a device created by researchers is at 220°C. There are no moving parts, compressors, or vacuum pumps involved, just sunlight and a special aerogel developed by their project team. [CleanTechnica]

Parallel laser beams make the transparent material visible.
(Photo courtesy of professor Evelyn Wang, et al, via MIT News)

¶ “Heatwaves Test Limits Of Nuclear Power” • Enthusiasts say nuclear power is essential to combat the climate emergency because, unlike renewables, it is a reliable source of base load power. This is a spurious claim because power stations, which need large amounts of water for cooling are uniquely vulnerable to global heating. [The Guardian]


¶ “BYD Delivers The First Of 1,500 Taxis To Colón, Panama” • The City of Colón, Panama is taking a step into the future with the procurement of a fleet of 1,500 fully electric BYD e6 taxis. The new vehicles were purchased in partnership with ENSA Servicios and TRASERVI. With them came the first fast charging station in Colón province. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Taxi (BYD courtesy image)

¶ “Annual Global Wind Power Capacity Additions To Average 76 Gigawatts By 2024–2028” • Global wind capacity additions are expected to average 71 GW per year from 2019 to 2023, and 76 GW between 2024 and 2028, according to analysis published by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. This is an increase of 11 GW from earlier projections. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Offers $2,200 In Tax Incentive On Electric Car Purchase” • The Indian government has finally taken a concrete measure to boost sales of electric cars in the private sector. After a thumping win in the recent general elections, the Modi government has announced a slew of measures to promote sale of electric cars in the private segment. [CleanTechnica]

The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman (Image: India Press Information Bureau)

¶ “E.ON Delivers 100% Green Energy In The UK” • E.ON is now supplying all its residential customers in the UK with 100% renewable electricity as standard and at no extra cost. The change means more than 3.3 million homes now have an electricity supply matched by renewable sources including wind, biomass, and solar, the company said. [reNEWS]

¶ “Renewables Force ESB Rethink At Moneypoint” • With increased renewables penetration in Ireland, utility ESB has permanently reduced output from its 915-MW Moneypoint coal-fired power station. ESB said it is switching to a new “low running regime” as the plant has for some time been in operation at lower levels than previously. [reNEWS]

Moneypoint (Credit: ESB)

¶ “Renewables Now Account For 63% Of New Capacity Added” • Renewables now account for 63% of new capacity added to the global supply of electricity, data from the International Renewable Energy Agency shows. In Gulf Cooperation Council states, the installed capacity of renewable energy grew four-fold in the period from 2014 to 2017. [Times of Oman]

¶ “2019 Shaping As Watershed Year For Renewables In Resource Sector” • The majority of mining operations globally continue to rely on traditional power sources, mainly from fossil fuels, but momentum is building behind the industry’s energy transition. Mining companies are getting serious about using renewables to reduce costs. [pv magazine Australia]

BHP mine (Image: BHP)


¶ “Trump Takes Aim At Green New Deal While Touting His Administration’s ‘Environmental Leadership'” • President Trump held an event to tout his administration’s previous work on the environment Monday during a speech at the White House, despite having rolled back numerous regulations intended to fight the climate crisis. [CNN]

¶ “Salesforce, Microsoft, Apple Push Virginia Utility To Use More Renewables, Less Gas” • Salesforce, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Apple and other companies with data centers in Virginia are demanding that the local utility use renewable energy to meet any increase in power demand from the state’s data centers, rather than using natural gas. [GreenBiz]

Dominion Energy solar farm in Virginia (Dominion Energy)

¶ “Nightmare On Woodward Avenue! US Vehicle Sales Continue Their Long Decline – With The Exception Of Teslas.” • US light truck and car sales have been down every month so far this year, according to Automotive News. But Tesla sales were up 29.9% in the second quarter and 23.45% for the year so far, according to data compiled by WolfStreet. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “AES Starts Building Largest Battery Peaker, Highlighting Technology’s Potential” • More than twice the size of the largest battery system currently operating in the US, the AES Alamitos Energy Battery Storage Array in Long Beach, California, signals much bigger things soon to come for electrochemical energy storage on US power grids. [S&P Global]

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July 8 Energy News

July 8, 2019


¶ “Thunberg = ‘Greatest Threat’ To Fossil Fuel Companies’ | Ocasio-Cortez = ‘Determined To Destroy the America We Know’” • What is it about these two young women, Greta Thunberg, who is 16 years old, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is 29, that squeezes expletives out of some of the world’s most important mouths? [CleanTechnica]

Greatest threat to OPEC (Anders Hellberg, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Iran nuclear deal: Is there any way it can be saved?” • The US abandoned the Iran nuclear deal just over a year ago. The Iranian government insists that they have been complying with the agreement, and the International Atomic Energy Agency agrees. Now Iran, hurting from newly imposed US sanctions, wants the Europeans to relieve the pressure. [BBC]


¶ “Greta Thunberg Is Inspiring Climate Action. But In Some Countries Her Message Is Falling On Deaf Ears” • Almost every Friday for the past year, Greta Thunberg has protested in front of the Swedish parliament, holding her now famous “School Strike For Climate” placard. Some leaders listen. Others are not so enthusiastic. [CNN]

Coal-burning power plant (George Frey | Getty Images)

¶ “Total Reopens La Mède Oil Refinery As Biofuel Facility” • In 2015, French energy company Total shut down its La Mêde oil refinery in France and began repurposing it to produce biofuels. After an investment of €275 million, it is producing hydrotreated vegetable oil, a premium biofuel suitable for diesel engines and jet engines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Disrupts – BMW Boss Throws In The Towel” • BMW CEO Harald Krüger has resigned his post, citing “enormous changes, which have brought about more transformation than in the previous 30 years.” He is referring to the recent rapid rise of Tesla’s compelling electric vehicles that are crushing BMW’s car offerings. [CleanTechnica]

BMW i3 (BMW courtesy image)

¶ “Renewables Catching Nuclear Power In Global Energy Race” • In 2018, nuclear power generated 2,701 TWh of electric energy, compared to 4,193 TWh for hydropower and 2,480 for other renewables. In comparison, coal produced more power than all three categories combined. But as non-hydro renewables grow, the other generating technologiess decline. [Forbes]

¶ “Australia’s First Offshore Wind Project Moves Forward With Labour Market Study” • Plans for Australia’s first offshore wind farm took a step forward, as project developers launched a study of the Australian labor market to deliver on the project. It is planned to have a capacity of up to 2,000 MW installed off the coast of Victoria. [RenewEconomy]

Offshore wind farm at dawn

¶ “Adapting Australia’s National Construction Code To Climate Change” • Australia’s climate is projected to become harsher, putting more stress on our living conditions. Arguably, we need to adapt the design, use and maintenance of infrastructure and building stocks in response to a changing climate and more disruptive climatic impacts. [The Strategist]


¶ “Indian Renewable Energy Companies Continue To Face Financial Challenges” • In the Indian state of Telangana, as many as 200 solar power project developers await payments of $300 million for energy generated since July 2018. A similar situation has developed in Rajasthan, where utilities are failing to pay for wind energy. [CleanTechnica]

Solar Panels (Cynthia Shahan)

¶ “Brookfield Offers To Rescue Debt-Ridden Indian Wind Company Suzlon” • Suzlon Energy, a leading Indian wind energy company, reportedly approached Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management to sell a majority stake. Suzlon Energy has had a very long history of a troubled balance sheet and has now run out of money to repay its creditors. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Joins The Climate And Clean Air Coalition” • India has formally joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, becoming the 65th country to join the partnership. By doing so, it was following through on a commitment made by the country’s newly-appointed Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar. [Modern Diplomacy]


¶ “India’s First Offshore Wind Tender Out In Four Months, Claims Report” • Recharge News reported that the government of India is planning to approve gap funding of $909 million to support the first offshore wind energy project in the country. There is an in-principle agreement over the funding and it is now considered likely to be approved. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Boeing Gets Cozy With Kitty Hawk” • Boeing is now working with Kitty Hawk’s Cora division, the 2-person electric vertical take-off and landing air taxi. Kitty Hawk, which has been around for some time in eVTOL years, introduced the Cora in March of last year. Since then, Kitty Hawk says it has accumulated more than 700 test flights. [CleanTechnica]

Boeing Kitty Hawk Cora (Boeing-Kitty Hawk courtesy image)

¶ “FERC Now Expects Big Drop For US Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power Over Next Three Years, Major Growth For Renewables” • FERC’s latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” suggests that fossil fuel generating capacity may not grow and nuclear capacity may decline by over 7 GW by June 2022. But Renewables could grow by over 45 GW. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Wind And Solar’s Share Has Grown 800% Without Reliability Issues” • The share of electricity supplied by wind and solar multiplied eightfold in the U.S. over a decade without causing reliability issues, according to a recent report to members of Congress. There have also been occasions when renewables supplied the majority of power. [Forbes]

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July 7 Energy News

July 7, 2019


¶ “Fueling The Climate Crisis: Why LNG Is No Miracle Cure For Australia’s Coal Addiction” • Even Prime Minister Scott Morrison admits Australia’s emissions have been rising since 2015. And the government’s own analysis blames much of that on LNG. Yet the idea the export gas industry is good for the planet appears set for a serious workout in this parliament. [The Guardian]

Gas industry infrastructure (Ray Strange | AAP)

¶ “How USDA Climate Change Denial Threatens The South” • The US Department of Agriculture has withheld from the public dozens of climate-related studies conducted by the department’s principal research agency, the Agricultural Research Service, a recent Politico investigation found. Out of 45 studies produced, only two were released. [Truthout]


¶ “ADFD Financed $15 Million Renewable Energy Project In Cuba” • Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the Cuban Ministry of Energy and Mines, and the International Renewable Energy Agency put a new 10-MW solar PV project into operation. ADFD provided $15 million for the project. It will power nearly 7,000 Cuban homes. [Construction Business News]

Solar array (ADFD image)

¶ “Sitharaman’s Maiden Budget Dashes Hopes Of Renewable Energy Developers” • In India, the Union Budget for 2019-20 has come as a dampener to the renewable energy sector. The budget has a muted focus on green energy, and this has cast doubts on the government’s target to achieve 225 GW of renewable energy by 2022. [Business Standard]

¶ “Forty Shades Of Green And 5,000 New Renewable Energy Jobs For Ireland” • Renewable company Energia has announced a €3 billion investment that will provide up to 5,000 jobs in Ireland over the next five years. Energia plans projects to focus on onshore and offshore wind farms, solar power, hydrogen fuel generation, and bio-energy facilities. [IrishCentral]

Energia plant in Finglas (RollingNews)

¶ “Iran Prepared To Enrich Uranium Beyond Limits, Senior Official Says” • Iran is prepared to begin enriching uranium beyond the limits set by the nuclear deal it struck with world powers, a top aide to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said. He spoke ahead of a deadline Iranian officials gave European leaders to offer more concessions to Tehran. [Press Herald]


¶ “Ford To Share Volkswagens’s MEB Electric Vehicle Platform” • A confidential source told Reuters that Ford and Volkswagen have an agreement in principal allowing the American automaker to share VW’s new MEB electric car platform. The arrangement is expected to be formalized at a Volkswagen board of directors meeting on July 11. [CleanTechnica]

Fully-electric Ford Focus (Courtesy: Ford)

¶ “Utility Blocks Iowa Solar Firm From Wisconsin Energy Market” • Eagle Point Solar, an Iowa-based renewables company, wants to partner with the city of Milwaukee to power seven municipal buildings with solar PVs. We Energies, however, refuses to connect a series of solar arrays to each other, and this led to lawsuits. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

¶ “Here Comes The Sun: Colorado Communities Organizing To Tap Solar Resources” • A national nonprofit organization that helps communities form solar-energy cooperatives is organizing homeowners in Fort Collins and the Yampa Valley. It is starting to expand to Grand Junction and Pueblo, and to reach out to Denver residents. [The Denver Post]

Solar garden (Andy Cross | Denver Post file photo)

¶ “Oregon Restricts Solar Development On Prime Farmland” • The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission approved new rules that restrict commercial solar development on millions of acres of high-value farmland across the state. This has pitted protection of agricultural land against environmental stewardship. [The Columbian]

¶ “Critic Blasts PNM’s Plan To Replace Coal; Utility Defends Proposal” • Public Service Company of New Mexico filed a plan offering ways to replace two coal-fired plants, saying they would save residential customers money and provide 42% renewable energy in four years. One opposing group said the plan was faulty and “eco-left.” [Farmington Daily Times]

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July 6 Energy News

July 6, 2019


¶ “More Signs That Natural Gas Can’t Compete With Renewables On Cost” • From a natural gas industry conference to a major metropolitan area, it is getting clearer that natural gas is losing economically to renewables and battery storage. Considering recent news on climate change, this emerging reality couldn’t come soon enough. [DeSmog]

Solar farm in Ontario (Credit: I Saw That, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

¶ “Three Takeaways From New York’s Ambitious Climate Change Plan” • New York passed a sweeping climate change plan of its own in June. It calls for 100% of the state’s electricity to come from carbon-free sources by 2040. Some will come from offshore wind, and some from distributed sources. How much will be nuclear is a question. [Motley Fool]

¶ “Got An Overheating Planet? Plant A Trillion Trees. Problem Solved” • Lead researcher Tom Crowther of ETH Zürich in Switzerland told The Guardian, “What blows my mind is the scale. I thought restoration would be in the top 10, but it is overwhelmingly more powerful than all of the other climate change solutions proposed.” [CleanTechnica]

Redwood forest (US National Park Service)


¶ “Gold Fields Mine Is First In Australia To Incorporate Wind Into A Hybrid Microgrid” • Gold Fields and EDL are rolling out the first hybrid microgrid with windpower at a mine in Australia. The Agnew mine will have 18 MW of windpower, 16 MW of natural gas generation, 4 MW of solar and 13 MW/4 MWh of energy storage. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ “Indian EV Aggregator Ola Electric Hits $1 Billion Valuation” • TechCrunch reported that Ola Electric had raised $250 million from SoftBank, which also holds stake in the former’s parent company, Ola Cabs. With this fresh round of funding Ola Electric is reported to have achieved unicorn status with a valuation of $1 billion. [CleanTechnica]

Recharging Ola Electric vehicles (Ola Electric image)

¶ “Budget To Boost Investment In Renewable Energy Sector” • Cheering the Indian government’s proposal to set up mega manufacturing plants for solar cells, batteries, and solar charging infrastructure, industry experts said the move will give a boost to the sunrise industry. But they said soft loans and export credits are also needed. []

¶ “$14.5 Million Climate Change Research Center Promised For PEI” • Ottawa and the government of Prince Edward Island committed to building a climate change research center and school in the community of St Peters Bay. The Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation will be part of the University of Prince Edward Island. []

Planting grass at St Peters Bay (CBC)

¶ “OPEC Head: Climate Activists Are The ‘Greatest Threat’ To Oil Industry” • What’s one of the world’s most powerful cartel’s afraid of? A bunch of meddling kids. Climate activists and their “unscientific” claims are “perhaps the greatest threat to our industry going forward,” said Mohammed Barkindo, the secretary general of OPEC. [Grist]


¶ “Alaska Sees Record Temperatures In Heatwave” • A temperature of 90°F (32°C) was reached at Anchorage airport, the US Weather Service tweeted. The previous high was just under 88°F (30°C), and the average at this time of year is 65°F (18°C). Alaska had earlier broken records throughout a hot spring, particularly in the Arctic. [BBC]

Anchorage sunset (Joseph from Cabin On The
Road, USA, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA-2.0)

¶ “As Coal Crumbles, Dem Asks What About The Miners?” • Blackjewel LLC filed for bankruptcy in a West Virginia court, sent its employees home, and closed the mines, it was reported. Gov Mark Gordon suggested the state could get more involved as miners lose jobs and benefits. The state’s Democrats say more action is needed. [Buffalo Bulletin]

¶ “Blackjewel Withheld $1.2 Million From Payroll, Didn’t Put In 401(k)s” • Bankrupt coal mine operator Blackjewel LLC has withheld $1.2 million from employees’ paychecks without depositing the funds in the workers’ retirement accounts. The company suddenly shuttered two Wyoming mines on Monday, laying off nearly 600 workers. [WyoFile]

Belle Ayr mine (Dustin Bleizeffer | WyoFile)

¶ “Paychecks Bounce, Leaving Kentucky Coal Miners At Bankrupt Blackjewel In A Bind” • It’s been an anxious week for coal miners in Southeastern Kentucky after their last paychecks from a bankrupt coal company bounced, leaving them short on cash and wondering when, or if, they’ll get paid or go back to work anytime soon. [Lexington Herald Leader]

¶ “Georgia Power Requests Rate Increase For Grid Improvements And Renewable Energy Projects” • Georgia Power has filed a request with the Georgia Public Service Commission to increase customer rates by about 7% in 2020 to enable the company to continue making investments in Georgia’s energy future. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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July 5 Energy News

July 5, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Restoring Forests Could Capture Two-Thirds Of The Carbon Humans Have Added To The Atmosphere” • Restoring the world’s lost forests could remove two thirds of all the planet-warming carbon that is in the atmosphere because of human activity, according to a study from Swiss university ETH Zurich published in the journal Science. [CNN]

Spruce forest (W.carter, Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

¶ “Researchers Unlock Secret To Higher Efficiency Solar Cells” • A team of researchers at MIT and Princeton has demonstrated a way to get every high energy photon striking silicon to kick out two electrons instead of one, opening the door for a new kind of solar cell with greater efficiency than previously thought feasible, possibly to as much as 35%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Canadian Buildings, Coastlines, Northern Communities Face Biggest Climate Risks: Report” • Research for Canada’s federal Treasury Board has concluded that buildings, coastlines, and northern communities face the biggest risks from climate change in Canada. The report was released by the Council of Canadian Academies. []

Canadian coastline (Darren Calabrese | Canadian Press)


¶ “Climate Change Lawsuits Spreading Around The World, Says Report” • Legal action on climate change has become a global phenomenon, with lawsuits launched against governments and corporate interests in 28 countries so far, according to a report from the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. [CNN]

¶ “Indian State Of Gujarat Issues 950 MW Of Solar Tenders” • The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited issued two tenders with a combined PV capacity of 950 MW for two large-scale solar power parks. The Dholera solar power park is to have a capacity of 750 MW, and the Raghanesda solar power park a capacity of 200 MW. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels (Zach Shahan, CleanTechnica)

¶ “UK Planners Clear 1.8-GW Boreas For Consent Test” • The UK Planning Inspectorate accepted Vattenfall’s planning application for the 1.8-GW Norfolk Boreas wind farm, with a minimum of 90 turbines, off the east coast of England. Authorities will now assess the consent request for the project. A final planning decision is expected next year. [reNEWS]

¶ “Thailand’s B Grimm Bets Big On Vietnam’s Renewable Sector” • B Grimm Group, Thailand’s oldest industrial group, won a race against time to begin operating two of Southeast Asia’s largest solar farms, both in Vietnam. The two plants came online last month and will raise the share of solar in B. Grimm’s energy portfolio to nearly 30%. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Phu Yen solar farm (Photo courtesy of B Grimm)

¶ “Scorching Temperatures Smash Records In US, Europe” • The world just recorded its warmest June ever. A deadly heat wave has been baking much of Europe. France experienced its highest temperature on record last week. Now, Alaska is enduring what for it is an ongoing heat wave. Scientists say it is a taste of things to come. [HuffPost]

¶ “EDF Renewables Announces Its First Solar Power Plant In Mexico” • EDF Renewables announced that it commissioned Bluemex, its very first solar power plant in Mexico. This 119.6-MW PV facility is in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America. [REVE]

Solar farm (EDF Renewables)

¶ “Swarms of Jellyfish Invade Power Plant in Southern Israel” • A power station in southern Israel has been dealing with a wave of thousands of jellyfish that could affect its output, the Israel Electric Company said. The jellyfish have been piling up at the Ashkelon station’s filters, which are designed to prevent them from reaching operating systems. [Haaretz]

¶ “A Southern State Has Dealt India’s Renewable Energy Industry A Fresh Blow” • Andhra Pradesh has now taken a hard line against high tariffs being paid to developers. The new state government of Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy formed a committee “to review, negotiate and bring down the high wind and solar energy purchase prices.” [Quartz]

Wind farm (Reuters)


¶ “Anchorage Was 89 Degrees On July 4. That’s Not A Typo” • Alaska’s heat wave continued through Independence Day, and in Anchorage, the temperatures shattered an all-time record. The temperature at the airport was 89°F, besting June 14, 1969, for the highest mark ever reached in the state, according to the National Weather Service. [CNN]

¶ “Law Aimed At Speeding Up Coal-Plant Closures Cast As Both Boon, Danger To Colorado Ratepayers” • Earlier-than-planned closure of ten Colorado coal plants could save $1.7 billion if all the plants were replaced by wind power, according to a report by the Sierra Club. Other analysis has warnings about refinancing the plant’s debt, however. [The Denver Post]

Wind farm (Joe Amon | The Denver Post)

¶ “Duke Energy Launches Solar Energy Pilot Program” • Duke Energy is launching a new pilot program intended to improve small businesses, schools and nonprofits’ access to solar energy through a monthly lease. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved the program so eligible customers can lease solar energy facilities. [The Republic]

¶ “State Mandates Driving Demand For Renewables” • At least four states boosted their goals for renewable energy this year, joining others that direct power generators to produce more electricity from wind turbines, solar panels and other clean sources. These mandates are increasingly driving development of renewables nationwide. [Houston Chronicle]

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July 4 Energy News

July 4, 2019


¶ “Are Parts Of India Becoming Too Hot For Humans?” • Heat waves have already killed more than 100 people in India this summer, and they are predicted to worsen in coming years. India is likely to be one of the countries most affected by climate change, as large parts of the country could become too hot for human habitation. [CNN]

Dried lakebed

¶ “Ho Hum. Europe Experiences Highest Temperatures Ever Recorded In June” • Is it time to start being concerned? Not according to the politicians and the business community. Carbon tax? Too expensive! We can’t afford the cost of addressing the problem in any sort of meaningful way, so it’s probably best to just ignore it. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Alaskan Permafrost Warming Experiment Produces Surprising Results” • Emissions from burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests, and agricultural practices aren’t the only things emitting CO₂. There are also feedbacks in the Earth’s climate system, where warming temperatures cause the release of carbon into the atmosphere. [Ars Technica]

Denali National Park (faungg’s photos | Flickr)


¶ “Clean Energy Beats Coal: Hydro, Wind And Solar Produce More Electricity Than Brown Coal For First Time Ever” • Renewables supplied more energy to the Australian grid than brown coal over the 2018-19 financial year. The University of Melbourne’s College of Climate and Energy says it’s the first time that ever happened. [Energy Matters]

¶ “UK Power Sector Nears “Landmark” Renewable ‘Tipping Point’ Even As It Underestimates Solar” • The UK power sector is on track to reach a “landmark tipping point,” according to the country’s national grid operator. It is nearing the point where non-fossil fuel sources generate more electricity than traditional fossil fuel-powered generation. [CleanTechnica]

Solar power (Solarcentury image)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Hire More Than 200 Employees For Its Wind Turbine Blade Factory In Cherbourg, France” • GE Renewable Energy says it plans to recruit over 200 employees at its LM Wind Power wind turbine blade manufacturing site in Cherbourg, France. Sixty of the new employees have already begun training. [WebWire]

¶ “Russia’s Floating Nuclear Reactor Ready For Arctic Operations, Environmentalists Concerned” • Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant has finally received the right to operate and will provide heat and energy to the remotest regions of Russia in the Arctic. It will be primarily used to power oil rigs as Russia drills farther north. [WION]

Russia’s floating nuclear reactor (Photo: AFP)

¶ “New European Solar Installations To Double Over Next 3 Years, Surpass 250 GW” • New European solar installations are expected to double over the next three years, according to analysis from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The new installatins will push Europe’s installed capacity over the 250 GW mark by 2024. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “India Issues Its 8th Wind Energy Tender For 1.8 GW” • The Solar Energy Corporation of India issued the country’s largest wind energy tender in more than a year. The government-owned agency has issued a tender offering 1.8 GW of wind energy capacity to project developers. This is SECI’s eighth national-level tender. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Brett Sayles | Pexels)

¶ “India Wins Tit-For-Tat Solar Case Against US At WTO” • The World Trade Organization issued its ruling on the dispute number DS510 filed by India against the US. In the ruling, the WTO found that as many as 11 state-level incentive and tax credit programs do not conform to the provisions of international trade agreements. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Will Achieve Target Of 175 GW Renewable Power By 2022: RK Singh” • India’s New and Renewable Energy Minister, RK Singh, expressed confidence that the Indian government will achieve the target of installing 175 GW of renewable power by 2022. He said that 33.47 GW had been installed over the three years ending in May. []

Solar array

¶ “Economic Survey Pitches For $330 Billion Investment In Renewable Energy” • The Economic Survey 2018-19 tabled in Parliament pitched for fresh investments of $330 billion in the renewable energy sector over the decade through 2030. This comes a day before the Modi government presents the Union budget for 2019-20.  []


¶ “As The Climate Crisis Accelerates, Big Utilities Go Slower On Cutting Carbon Emissions” • Most utilities have reduced CO₂ emissions, largely from retiring coal-fired power plants. But the Energy and Policy Institute says some big utilities, such as Duke Power and American Electric Power, are going to take it slower in the next decade. [Environmental Working Group]

Coal plant

¶ “Offshore Wind Expected To Grow ‘Clean-Tech’ Jobs” • Job growth for renewable energy and energy efficiency slowed in Rhode Island last year, but employers expect stronger growth this year and in the years ahead because of the expansion of offshore wind, according to the 2019 Rhode Island Clean Energy Industry Report. [ecoRI news]

¶ “New Department Is Set To Assist Communities Affected By Climate Change” • The Los Angeles City Council approved a municipal department that will address local impacts of climate change. Some of its functions will be to give employment assistance to workers affected by climate change and to address local environmental concerns. [NBC Southern California]

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July 3 Energy News

July 3, 2019


¶ “Four Reasons Renewables Will Continue To Dominate Fossil Fuels” • Renewables will dominate energy markets in the US because of their economics, even without the support of policy, some analysts agree. To start with, as renewables gain more market share, fossil fuels are displaced, driving up their per-unit costs. But there is more. [Forbes]

Energy (Christophe Gateau | picture alliance via Getty Images)

¶ “Rural America Could Power A Renewable Economy – But First We Need To Solve Coal Debt” • Despite falling prices for wind and solar projects, the electric cooperatives that power most of rural America remain particularly reliant on coal. This is in part because of billions of dollars in debt on increasingly uneconomic coal plants. [Clean Cooperative]

¶ “Coal-Fired Power Plants Just Had Their Worst Month In Decades” • According to the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration, coal-fired power plants produced just over 60,000 GWh of electricity in April 2019, about 20% of demand and the lowest level in decades. But it wasn’t the only first for the country’s energy grid. [Motley Fool]

Coal train (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “NASA Warns ‘Rapid Melting’ Of Glaciers Has DOUBLED” • Climate change and global warming have “doubled” the rates at which Himalayan glaciers are rapidly melting, space agency NASA has shockingly claimed. With  temperatures continuing to rise unchecked, up to 75% of the Himalayan glaciers will be gone by the year 2100. []


¶ “Angry Citizens Sue Indonesian Government Over Growing Air Pollution” • Fed up about worsening air pollution in the capital of Indonesia, a group of Jakarta residents is suing the country’s president and other officials. Ayu Eza Tiara, one of the lawyers working on the case, said that 31 people had joined the lawsuit in the past week. [CNN]

Jakarta pollution (Bay Ismoyo | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Last Month Broke The Record For Hottest June Ever In Europe And Around The World” • Will this be a summer for the history books? Average global temperatures were the hottest on record last month, ranging about 0.10°C (or 0.18°F) higher than that of the previous record-holder, the Copernicus Climate Change Service reported. [CNN]

¶ “Gujarat Targeting 30 GW Renewable Capacity By 2022” • The government of Gujarat announced plans to increase its target for power generation capacity from renewable sources to touch or surpass 30 GW by 2022. The Finance Minister said the capacity of renewable energy in Gujarat was 4,126 MW in 2013, and has risen to 8,885 MW. [Saurenergy]

Solar energy

¶ “Vestas Finishes Q2 With Trademark Flurry Of Activity And 40% Bump In Orders” • Danish wind energy giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S finished the second quarter of 2019 with a flurry of activity, announcing 1,775 MW of wind turbine orders in its last four days. For the first half of 2019, orders were up 40% over the same period in 2018. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Houston Ranks Number One In America In Renewable Energy Use” • The City of Houston, long associated with oil, sources a whopping 92% of its power from wind and solar energy. According to a February EPA report, that impressive percentage ranks it higher in renewable energy use than any other city government in the US. [PaperCity Magazine]

Wind turbines

¶ “Chubb Becomes First US Insurer To Reduce Exposure To Coal” • Chubb Ltd, an insurance provider based in New Jersey, has announced that it will no longer underwrite the construction and operation of new coal-fired power plants or new risks for companies that generate more than 30% of their revenue from coal. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UPM Raflatac Buys 100% Renewable Power For Factory In North Carolina” • UPM Raflatac Inc, a maker of pressure sensitive label materials, said its factory in Mills River, North Carolina, is now running on 100% renewable power. The Mills River factory will get its electric energy under Duke Energy’s NC Renewable Energy Program. [Renewables Now]

Duke Energy solar park (Duke Energy image)

¶ “Greenbelt Resources, New Age Renewable Energy To Produce Bioethanol From Dairy Waste” • NARE, based in New York, has developed technology to convert waste, including acid whey and other milk derivatives, into bio-ethanol and protein concentrate. Greenbelt Resources collaborated with NARE to upscale the technology. [Biofuels International Magazine]

¶ “Duke Energy Passes 1 GW Of Owned Solar Energy Capacity” • With the North Rosamond Solar Facility coming online last month in California, Duke Energy has passed the 1-GW threshold of utility-scale owned and operated solar facilities nationwide. Duke Energy’s solar portfolio that now has a total capacity of 1.1 GW. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar technicians (Duke Energy image)

¶ “Tennessee Valley Authority Plans For Up To 14 GW Of Solar By 2038” • The Tennessee Valley Authority expects to add up to 14 GW of solar and 5 GW of energy storage over the next 20 years, a massive new clean energy addition to its current electric generation mix, which is largely based on hydropower, coal, and nuclear power.  [Greentech Media]

¶ “States Stick Ratepayers With $15 Billion To Rescue Nukes” • In the past three years, state governments have forced more than $14 billion in nuclear bailouts onto electricity customers – and counting. Ohio’s subsidy plan has stalled, but it may be restarted. And the plan to support Connecticut’s Milford plant would also be added. [Environmental Working Group]

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July 2 Energy News

July 2, 2019


¶ “America’s Liquefied Natural Gas Boom May Be On A Collision Course With Climate Change” • Companies are scrambling in the US to build dozens of gas export terminals. Those investments are likely to be derailed in time as renewable energy costs plunge and concerns about climate change increase, according to the Global Energy Monitor. [CNN]

Jetty and pipelines (David P Howard,
Wikimedia Commons) CC BY-SA 2.0

Science and Technology:

¶ “After Decades Of Increases, Sea Ice In Antarctica Is Now Shrinking” • Remember when sea ice off of Antarctica was increasing? It isn’t any more. After decades of gradual increases, Antarctic sea ice is now decreasing faster than that in the Arctic, according to new research based on 40 years’ worth of satellite data. [CNN]

¶ “How Plants Reclaimed Chernobyl’s Poisoned Land” • Chernobyl’s exclusion zone is not devoid of life. Wolves, boars and bears have returned to the lush forests surrounding the old nuclear plant in northern Ukraine. When it comes to vegetation, all but the most vulnerable and exposed plant life has survived. Here is why. [BBC]


¶ “Climate Change Has Huge Human Health And Environmental Impacts” • In an interview, Dr Boris D Lushniak, MD, MPH, retired Rear Admiral, and dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health, answered some questions about climate change. He prefers to address it as a human health issue, rather than an environmental one. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Women Are Bringing Solar Energy To Thousands Of Indian Villages” • In India’s desert state of Rajasthan, Frontier Markets employs women to sell lamps, stoves, TVs, and the solar power to run them through a program called Solar Sahelis. They are bringing renewable electricity to hundreds of millions of people who live off the grid. [CNN]

Women working for Frontier Markets (Frontier Markets image)

¶ “European Electric Vehicle Market Up 28%” • The European passenger plug-in market had 37,000 registrations in May, up 28% from May of last year. All-electrics had 24,000 deliveries and were responsible for 63% of all plug-in sales last month. At the same time, the overall car market stagnated with a growth of 0.04% for the month. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “‘Football Pitch’ Of Amazon Forest Lost Every Minute” • An area of Amazon rainforest roughly the size of a football pitch is now being cleared every single minute, according to satellite data. The rate of losses in the world’s largest rainforest has recently accelerated as Brazil’s new right-wing president favors development over conservation. [BBC]

Distressed Rainforest

¶ “The Fight On Climate Issues In Danish Elections Results In Greenest Agenda Ever” • A new left-leaning government has been formed in Denmark, with Mette Frederiksen as prime minister. The former, right-leaning government had green ambitions, but this new government seems to want to push the envelope even further. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NSW Plays To Its Pumped Hydro Strengths, With Green Light For Shoalhaven” • New South Wales has given Origin Energy the go-ahead to do geological works for the major upgrade at its Shoalhaven Pumped Hydro Storage Scheme. The project stands to double the hydro storage capacity from its current 240 MW to 475 MW. [RenewEconomy]

Kangaroo Valley Pumping Station

¶ “Global Progress To Halt Emissions Rise Is ‘Stalling’ Amidst ‘Woefully Inadequate’ National Targets” • The Climate Action Tracker, in an update of government actions on greenhouse gas emissions, concluded that progress for the climate crisis is “stalling,” as many countries retain “woefully inadequate” national targets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “While The Government Is In Denial, The States Are Making Staggering Progress On Renewable Energy” • Australia’s federal government confirmed it would not consider a new policy to reduce carbon emissions. But every state government in the national electricity market has a target to increase renewable energy or to reduce emissions. [The Guardian]

Wind farm (Angela Harper | AAP)


¶ “Construction Begins On Virginia Offshore Wind Project” • Dominion Energy broke ground to install a half-mile conduit, which will hold the final stretch of cables connecting the turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach to a company substation near Camp Pendleton. The project is starting with two 6-MW wind turbines. [WorkBoat]

¶ “Georgia Power Wants To Own And Operate 80 MW Of Battery ESS To ‘Maximise Value Of Renewables’” • Georgia Power wants to have 80 MW of battery energy storage systems in its service area, building on the state’s recent steps to investigate the value of storage both in front of and behind the electricity meter. [Energy Storage News]

Georgia barn used in the “Walking Dead” (GA Kayaker | Flickr)

¶ “Mike Pence’s Indiana Chooses Renewables Over Gas As It Retires Coal Early” • Conservative Indiana, with no renewable portfolio standard, is making choices like those of Los Angeles. Renewables are so cheap, a utility vice president said, that his company can close its coal plants early and return $4 billion to its customers over the next 30 years. [Forbes]

¶ “Keene Councilors Agree To Shift Money To Renewable Energy Projects” • In Keene, New Hampshire, city councilors approved two measures at their meeting to shift money in the budget and fund efforts to move toward Keene’s renewable energy goals. The current goal includes a switch to all renewable electricity by 2030. [The Keene Sentinel]

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July 1 Energy News

July 1, 2019


¶ “The Green New Climate Deal” • The GND is wildly popular with the Democratic Party base, but much of the leadership has been influenced by large fossil fuel industry contributions. The Sunrise movement has made headway on this, recruiting over 100 members of congress and most presidential candidates to support the GND. [Common Dreams]

Sunrise Movement youth (Photo: Sunrise Movement)

¶ “China Remains The World’s Worst Polluter But Did You Know It’s Also A Leader In Renewable Energy?” • In China, air pollution still causes over 1 million premature deaths a year. But a UN report shows China led renewable energy investment worldwide for the seventh straight year, with almost a third of the global renewables investment. [ABC News]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Centuries-Old Sea Captain Diaries Are Confirming Modern Climate Science” • Logs kept by whalers mates can help to fill in some of the gaps left in the weather records, which only go back to 1880. American whaler diaries have been kept since the late 1700s, adding over a century of supplementary information to the climate record. [VICE]

Whaling logbook (Image: Justin Buchli)

¶ “How To Rehabilitate Old Oil Supertankers” • As renewable energy, bio-based plastics, and other sustainable materials reduce our reliance on oil, what will we do with the gigantic oil tankers that currently carry it around the world? There are some who believe that they can rehabilitated and transformed into sources of clean, renewable energy. [BBC]


¶ “Mexico’s Guadalajara Hit By Freak Summer Hailstorm Which Buries Cars, Blankets Streets” • A freak hailstorm has struck Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most populous cities, shocking residents and trapping vehicles in a deluge of ice pellets up to two meters deep. While seasonal hail storms happen, there is no record of any this heavy. [ABC News]

Extreme weather in Guadalajara (Ulises Ruiz | AFP)

¶ “Royal Institute Of British Architects Declares Climate Emergency” • The Royal Institute of British Architects has declared a state of climate emergency. Their declaration points out that buildings and their construction account for 40% of our carbon emissions. It also provides an 11-point plan for what to do about it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energia Embarks On €3 Billion Renewables Spending Spree” • Energia is to invest over €3 billion over the next five years to build up to 1.5-GW of new renewables generation across Ireland. The utility will spend the money on onshore and offshore wind and solar power, as well as hydrogen fuel generation, bio energy, and the smart grid. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Energia image)

¶ “UN Chief Warns Paris Climate Goals Still Not Enough To Avert Disaster” • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world “is facing a grave climate emergency.” He lauded the Paris climate accord, but said even if its promises are fully met, the world still faces a catastrophic 3°C temperature rise by the end of the century. [Oak Ridger]

¶ “Nuclear Plants Facing Closure As Heatwave Grips Europe” • Drought and high temperatures of river water may force France to temporarily shut down some of the nuclear power plants that supply two-thirds of the county’s electricity in the wake of the European heatwave. Meanwhile, homes and businesses need air conditioning. []

Boy in a fountain in Berlin (Kay Nietfeld | dpa via AP)


¶ “Los Angeles And 8minute Solar Announce 25-Year PPA At Under Two Cents Per kWh!” • Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power has a proposal that will help on its goal of a Green New Deal. If approved, the city will enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement for 400 MW AC of solar electricity at a price of 1.997¢/kWh. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bloom Energy Announces Hydrogen-Powered Energy Servers To Make Always-On Renewable Electricity A Reality” • Bloom Energy Servers can now operate on pure hydrogen or a combination of natural gas and hydrogen. In areas with large amounts of wind and solar power, excess electricty can be used to make hydrogen. [Green Car Congress]

Wind turbines in Kansas (Brian W Schaller,
CC-BY-CNSA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Senators Seek 50% Renewable Electricity In Every State” • A bill proposed by New Mexico Senator Tom Udall and several of his colleagues, would create a federal standard for renewable electricity generation from utilities in every state. The targets would put US on the pathway to decarbonize the power sector by 2050. [Offshore Wind Journal]

¶ “Legislators Miss FirstEnergy Solution’s Deadline For Nuke Plants Bailout” • For over a year, FirstEnergy Solutions has said one thing to Ohio lawmakers: Help us by June 30, 2019, or we’ll be forced to start shutting down Ohio’s two nuclear power plants. Now the circled date has arrived, and the legislature has missed the deadline. [Akron Beacon Journal]

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June 30 Energy News

June 30, 2019


¶ “American Farmers Can’t Afford This Administration’s Climate Apathy” • If only American farmers had the luxury of sharing this administration’s indifference to climate change. While millions of farmers are reeling from damage by rapidly shifting weather patterns, Trump’s agriculture chief just advises them to check the weather forecast. [The Hill]


¶ “How James Murdoch Uses Philanthropy To Distance Himself From The Taint Of Fox News” • Unite America’s mission is to heal a political system “more divided and dysfunctional with each election cycle.” This may be an implied critique of Rupert Murdoch’s polarizing Fox News. It recently got a large donation from James and Kitty Murdoch. [The Intercept]

¶ “Why Is Floating Solar Emerging So Quickly, And Where Is It Going?” • For anyone with an interest in renewable energy, it’s hard to miss the rising interest in floating solar over the last couple of months. News about floating arrays pops up weekly, if not daily. Last week’s World Bank Market Report stated that we’ve reached 1.3 GW capacity. [CleanTechnica]

Floating solar array (Solarplaza image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Oceans Start To Slow Down On Carbon Dioxide Absorption” • Oceanographic researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara report that the ocean’s dynamic ability to act as a carbon sink is influenced by a number of factors, importantly including ocean circulation. This may explain why atmospheric CO₂ levels can rise faster than emissions. [Science Times]


¶ “Europe’s Cities Dangerously Unprepared For Heat Wave Hell” • A scorching heat wave is now forcing Europe to realize how dangerously unprepared its cities are for climate emergencies. Climate change is making heat waves increasingly common and more severe, putting the lives of thousands of vulnerable people at risk. [CNN]

Fighting a wildfire in Spain

¶ “Theresa May Urges G20 Leaders To Tackle Climate Change As US Refuses” • Speaking after the two-day G20 summit, Prime Minister Theresa May told the other countries to “raise their ambition” to tackle climate change. A joint declaration to tackle climate change was only agreed upon after the US inserted an exemption cause. [City A.M.]

¶ “‘Madrid Central’ Protest: Thousands Oppose Suspension Of Anti-Pollution Plan” • In Madrid, thousands of protesters flooded the streets to oppose a new conservative mayor’s decision to reverse car pollution restrictions. The city government has provoked an outcry by suspending a ban on most petrol and diesel cars in Madrid’s center. [BBC]

Protesters in Madrid (Reuters image)

¶ “Lamu Coal Plant Not Even Economically And Commercially Viable, Says Chinese Envoy” • Chinese ambassador Wu Peng assured Kenya that his country will not force coal on Kenyans. Wu said China is committed to reducing coal usage in the world. He confirmed that a coal-burning plant set to be built is not economically and commercially viable. [K24 TV]

¶ “World’s Largest Single Solar Plant Starts Commercial Operations In Abu Dhabi” • Emirates Water and Electricity Company announced that the 1,177-MW “Noor Abu Dhabi,” the world’s largest single solar project, started commercial operation. The plant offsets natural gas use, reducing CO₂ emissions by a million metric tons per year. [Utilities Middle East]

Noor Abu Dhabi plant (EWEC image)


¶ “An Oil Spill That Began 15 Years Ago Is Up To A Thousand Times Worse Than The Rig Owner’s Estimate, Study Finds” • A federal study estimates that each day, about 380 to 4,500 gallons of oil escape from a site damaged 15 years ago. The company’s estimate put the amount of oil flowing into the ocean at less than three gallons a day. [CNN]

¶ “With Any Midwestern Rainfall This Summer, The Missouri River Could Flood The Lower Basin Region” •  March storms in the Midwest caused significant damage to the levee system of the Missouri River and now any strong or frequent rainfall this summer could trigger flooding along the lower Missouri River, experts say. [CNN]

Missouri River at flood (Army Corps of Engineers)

¶ “TVA Turns To The Sun, Natural Gas To Replace Aging Coal Plants” • The Tennessee Valley Authority was created 86 years ago as a federal utility to harness the power of the Tennessee River. But now, the TVA will be looking to the sun for more of its power in the future as it continues to phase out its aging fleet of coal plants. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

¶ “US Senate Panel Takes Up What To Do With Nuclear Waste” • The Senate energy and natural resources committee is taking up the issue of nuclear waste. Committee chairwoman Sen Lisa Murkowski, said the failure of the federal government to move ahead is costing taxpayers more than $2 million a day, with costs only increasing. [New York Post]

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June 29 Energy News

June 29, 2019


¶ “France Hits Record Temperature Of 45.9°C” • France has hit its highest recorded temperature, 45.9°C (114.6°F), amid a heatwave in Europe that has claimed several lives. The new record was set in the southern village of Gallargues-le-Montueux. The previous record was 44.1°C during a 2003 heatwave that killed thousands of people. [BBC] (The record jumped 1.8°C, 3.24°F. – GHH)

Water vapor used in Strasbourg to cool people down (AFP)

¶ “French Police Pepper Spray Paris Climate Protesters” • French police pepper sprayed at close range climate activists blocking roads in the capital Paris, before removing them by force. The protesters were trying to draw government and media attention to climate change. During the protest, temperatures in Paris were around 33°C (91°F). [BBC]

¶ “India Has Just Five Years To Solve Its Water Crisis, Experts Fear” • The world’s second-most populous country is running out of water. About 100 million people in India are on the front lines of a nationwide water crisis, and hundreds of millions more are at risk. Major cities are poised to run out of groundwater next year. Some already have. [CNN]

Water crisis in India

¶ “UK Signs Net-Zero Emissions Requirement Into Law” • Two weeks after Theresa May, the UK’s outgoing Prime Minister, announced that she was introducing legislation to enshrine into law a net zero emissions by 2050 target, it was signed into law, making the UK the first major global economy to make such a target legally binding. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Global Offshore Wind To Reach 200 Gigawatts By 2030” • The Global Wind Energy Council published its inaugural Global Offshore Wind Report. The report shows that offshore wind grown at an average of 21% each year since 2013. Beyond that, it projects that the sector could install an additional 200 GW of capacity by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm (MHI Vestas image)

¶ “Driven By Storage – The Journey To Renewables In Australia” • The utility and commercial-level adoption of solar and storage in Australia is impressive, but current industry growth is more so. At present, a report says, around 2,000 people are employed in the energy storage sector, but over 35,000 are predicted to work in the industry by 2020. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Vestas Scores 281-MW Brazilian Hat-Trick” • Vestas has received a turbine order totaling 281 MW for three wind farms in Brazil. The contract, with an undisclosed client, includes the supply and installation of 67 V150-4.2MW machines. Delivery is expected to start in 2021, with commissioning planned by the end of the same year. [reNEWS]

Vestas wind turbine (Vestas image)


¶ “Fracking Creates A Glut Of Fossil Fuels And A Mountain Of Debt” • Steve Schlotterbeck, former chief executive of EQT, one of the largest shale gas fracking companies in the US, shocked people at a petrochemicals conference in Pittsburgh recently by telling them that fracking has been an “unmitigated disaster” for investors in shale companies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Alaska’s Warming Ocean Is Putting Food And Jobs At Risk, Scientists Say” • The ice around Alaska is not just melting. It has gotten so low that the situation is endangering some residents’ food and jobs. Ocean temperatures in the Chukchi and North Bering seas are nearly 10°F (5°C) above normal, satellite data shows. [CNN]

Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ “Philadelphia Refinery Will Close After Fire, Could Become Renewable Energy Hub” • After a recent explosion at a refinery in South Philadelphia, the owner, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, announced that the facility will be closed and offered for sale. Some renewable energy advocates are pushing to make it a clean energy hub. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Board Of Local Energy Agency Unanimously Directs Staff To Pursue Agreement With Terra-Gen Wind Project” • In California, the board of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority unanimously directed staff to negotiate a power purchase agreement with renewable energy company Terra-Gen and two other renewable electricity producers. [Lost Coast Outpost]

Simulated view with proposed wind turbines on the ridge
(Draft Environmental Impact Report image)

¶ “Mondelēz And Enel Partner To Produce Greener Oreos” • Enel Green Power North America signed a 12-year PPA with food and beverage company Mondelēz International, whose brands include Oreo, Cadbury and others. Mondelēz will buy the energy from a 65-MW portion of EGPNA’s Roadrunner PV project in Texas. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “The Price Of A Fully Renewable US Grid: $4.5 Trillion” • The cost of shifting the US power grid to 100% renewable energy over the next 10 years is an estimated $4.5 trillion, according to a new Wood Mackenzie analysis. The price is for going entirely to renewables, replacing all nuclear and fossil fuels with renewable energy. [Greentech Media]

Oil and wind

¶ “Trump Plan For Southwestern Colorado Pushes Fossil Fuel Expansion, Undermines State’s Climate Law” • The Trump administration released a resource management plan for federal fossil fuel development in southwestern Colorado, threatening a growing organic agriculture hub and undermining the state’s new climate law. [Center for Biological Diversity]

¶ “Ohio Senate Nuke Subsidy Bill Drops Clean Air Pretense, But Keeps Diminished Renewable Standard” • The Ohio Senate rewrite of legislation subsidizing nuclear power drops the pretense of creating a “clean air program.” Instead, it would create an “Energy Generation Fund,” without any mention of combating CO₂ emissions. [Utility Dive]

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June 28 Energy News

June 28, 2019


¶ “Will Russia Survive The Coming Energy Transition?” • A new global energy reality is emerging. Hydrocarbons have propelled mankind through the second stage of the industrial revolution, beyond coal and into outer space, but the age of hydrocarbons is drawing to a close. The stone age did not end because we ran out of stones. It is the same with oil and gas. [Forbes]

Pipeline (Pixabay image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Highview Launches Modular Storage Device” • Cryogenic energy storage developer Highview Power has produced a scalable version of its technology to unlock new demand. The CryoBattery, which it says can be located anywhere, can achieve a levelised cost of storage of $140/MWh for a 200-MW/2-GWh system. [reNEWS]

¶ “Alice, 9-Seat Electric Airplane, Gets Its 1st Buyer – Cape Air” • Eviation unveiled the first “fully operational” Alice, an electric airplane commuter, at the Paris Air Show. Eviation also received an order from Cape Air, its first customer. Cape Air began with flights between Boston and Provincetown in 1989, but now flies in many parts of the world. [CleanTechnica]

Alice (Eviation image)


¶ “CATL Plans Massive Increase In European Battery Production” • Chinese battery cell maker CATL decided earlier this year to invest €240 million in a battery factory in Erfurt, Germany. Now, the company says it will increase its investment in battery production and research in Europe to €1.8 billion, according to a report by Electrive. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BYD Joint Venture To Launch New Electric Bus Production Facility In India” • Olectra-BYD, the joint venture between BYD Auto and India’s Olectra Greentech, has announced plans to set up its second factory to manufacture electric buses. The factory is expected to be located in north India, and is expected to be set up by 2021. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric bus (Photo: Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Renewables Driving ‘Fundamental Change’ As Victoria Leaves Coal Behind” • Just as the Australian Energy Market Operator report calls for new investment to support renewable energy zones, Victoria’s electricity market is undergoing a fundamental shift away from the coal-heavy Latrobe Valley region and toward distributed renewables. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “How Tasmania is transforming into a renewable energy powerhouse” • Two big projects are helping Tasmania become the “battery of the nation.” One is to double its renewable energy capacity over a 10-to-15-year period from 2,500 MW to around 5,000 MW. The other is to build another submarine link to Australia’s mainland. [create digital]

Hydro Tasmania dam

¶ “Scotland Producing Record Renewable Energy Output” • Scotland produced a record amount of renewable energy in the first quarter of 2019. A total of 8,877 GWh of green electricity were generated in the first quarter of this year, 17% more than Q1 of 2018. The bulk of this power, 5,792 GWh, came from onshore wind farms. [The National]


¶ “New York City Declares A Climate Emergency, The First Us City With More Than A Million Residents To Do So” • In an effort to mobilize local and national responses to stall global warming, the New York City Council passed legislation declaring a climate emergency. It’s the largest city in the US, with over 8.62 million inhabitants. [CNN]

New York City (Hans Lienhart, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “New Report: Retire Coal, Choose Renewables To Save Billions In Colorado” • Independent analysis by energy consulting firm Strategen shows that Colorado’s coal-burning power plants are economically unviable, when they are compared to renewable resources. It says renewables could save the state’s customers millions of dollars. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “UCS Calls Curtailment Of Renewable Energy An Opportunity, Not A Problem” • Curtailment of electricity occurs when there is not enough demand for the available supply, so some generation has to be halted. The California Independent System Operator proposed eight strategies for putting excess renewable energy to work. [CleanTechnica]

Curtailments in California by month (CAISO image)

¶ “Report Shows More Than Half Of MidAmerican Energy Comes From Renewable Resources” • MidAmerican energy announced that 51.4% of their energy came from renewable resources last year. MidAmerican Energy expects it to continue increase its share of renewable energy, without seeking rate increases. [KCHA News]

¶ “It’s Official: Maine To Go 80% Renewable By 2030” • Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) signed a trifecta of bills to move the state towards a clean energy future, including adding 375 MW of distributed solar by mid-2024. Also, the state’s utilities are required to get 50% of their power from qualified renewable energy sources by 2030. [pv magazine]

Signing ceremony (Image: Office of Maine Governor Janet Mills)

¶ “Massachusetts Regulators Approve State’s Largest Clean Energy Procurement” • The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approved contracts authorizing utilities to buy 9,554,940 MWh annually from Hydro-Quebec. The Sierra Club, however, questioned the wisdom of relying on Canadian hydropower to address the state’s climate goals. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Nuclear Bailout Bill Undercuts Green Power, Critics Say” • While a Senate proposal to save Ohio’s two nuclear power plants would keep a mandate for more renewable power, it would likely harm long-term green investment, critics argued. The revised bill would now require just 8.5% of the power be from renewable sources by 2025. [Toledo Blade]

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June 27 Energy News

June 27, 2019


¶ “Recent Science Raises Oil Industry’s Climate Litigation Risk” • The fossil fuel industry defenses for its role in climate change are being chipped away. Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court denied a request from ExxonMobil to review a Massachusetts court decision that allowed the state’s attorney general to seek internal company documents. [Forbes]

Gas flare (Tim Evanson, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Study Calls For Monitoring Old Oil And Gas Wells For Air Emissions” • A study of hazardous gas emissions from the 2015 Aliso Canyon natural gas storage blowout found that along with methane, a group of other hazardous pollutants escaped into the air. The study calls for air monitoring at underground gas storage facilities nationwide. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “H55, Solar Impulse Spinoff, Introduces Electric 2-Seat Airplane” • A spinoff from Solar Impulse going by the short name of H55 flew a successful maiden flight with an electric two-seat airplane. Using an electric propulsion system made by BRM Aero, the Bristell Energic airplane is perfect for pilot training and flight schools. [CleanTechnica]

H55 Electric Flight Trainer (Anna Pizzolante | © H55)


¶ “Air Pollution In Malaysia Forces 400 School Closures, Sickens More Than 100 Children” • More than 400 schools in Malaysia have closed this week after air pollution caused vomiting in dozens of students, authorities said. This week, 104 children have fallen ill in the southern state of Johor because of the pollution, mostly in the Pasir Gudang district. [CNN]

¶ “European Heatwave Sets New June Temperature Records” • The heatwave now affecting much of Europe is expected to intensify further. Some countries, including France and Spain expect temperatures above 40°C (104°F). Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic have seen their highest-ever temperatures for June. [BBC]

Heat wave in France (AFP)

¶ “Global Offshore Wind Market Grew 16% In Last 12 Months” • The global offshore wind market has grown by 16% over the last 12 months, according to new figures from the UK’s wind energy trade body, RenewableUK. The US accounts for nearly half of the rapid global growth, as it became the third largest market for the technology. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Croatians Roll Out Korlat Welcome Mat For Nordex” • HEP Group, a Croatian developer, selected Nordex to supply turbines to the 58-MW Korlat wind farm. The German manufacturer will deliver 18 N131/3600 machines to the site some 40 km from the port of Zadar near the town of Benkovac. Commercial operations are expected in 2020. [reNEWS]

View from a nacelle (Nordex image)

¶ “Greece Harnesses EU Funding To Push Towards Ambitious Renewables Plan” • The European Investment Bank announced that the National Bank of Greece is the first partner for its sustainable financing repository, the Infrastructure Fund of Funds, which aims to support environmentally-friendly projects throughout the EU. [South EU Summit]

¶ “First Generation Produced At Australia’s Largest Wind Farm” • The first electricity generation has been achieved at AGL’s Coopers Gap wind farm, north-west of Brisbane. The wind farm, which has 123 turbines and a total generation capacity of 453 MW, is set to be Australia’s largest wind farm when it is fully commissioned. [RenewEconomy]

Building the wind farm (Courtesy image)

¶ “European Solar To ‘Top 250 GW In 2024′” • Total installed solar capacity in Europe will reach 250GW by 2024, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The ‘Europe Solar PV Market Outlook 2019’ report said 20 GW a year will be added over the next three years, with Germany adding the most. [reNEWS]


¶ “US Electricity Generation From Renewables Surpassed Coal In April” • In April 2019, US monthly electricity generation from renewable sources exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time according to data published in the EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. Renewable sources provided 23% of total electricity generation; coal provided 20%. [Renewables Now]

Please click on image to enlarge. (Image: Electric Power Monthly)

¶ “Exxon Continues To Fund ‘Science’ Group Steeped In Climate Denial And Delay” • ExxonMobil is funding a little-known nonprofit that calls itself a “pro-science advocacy organization,” but whose scientific advisory board includes several renowned climate deniers and has worked for decades to sow doubt about climate change. [Climate Liability News]

¶ “Ohio Senate Amends Energy Bill” • The Ohio Senate has amended the energy bill that could bail out Ohio’s nuclear power plants to restore renewable energy standards for now. It means a residential ratepayer would pay 80¢ a month on their electric bill, with higher rates for businesses, to give Ohio’s nuclear plants about $150 million. [WCBE 90.5 FM]

Perry Nuclear Power Plant (Ohio Public Radio image)

¶ “Introducing The Renewable Electricity Standard Act” • New Mexico Democratic Senator Tom Udall, along with others, has introduced the Renewable Electricity Standard Act of 2019. The bill would more than double the supply of renewable energy in the US, taking it from 18% of electricity generation in 2018 to at least 50% by 2035. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “EPA Air Chief Bill Wehrum Abruptly Departs Amid Ethics Probe” • Bill Wehrum, the EPA’s air pollution chief who oversaw key rollbacks of Obama-era climate regulations, is stepping down amid an ethics probe into his ties to former industry clients. The House Committee on Energy & Commerce had launched an investigation two months ago. [HuffPost]

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June 26 Energy News

June 26, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Swiss Scheme Demonstrates Successful Peer-To-Peer Trading Of Solar PV” • A project called Quartierstrom, “district power,” run by agroup at ETH Zurich, demonstrated a peer-to-peer system with a bottom-up grid tariff. Its traders, all downstream of a transformer, only pay a reasonable amount for using a local grid infrastructure but not the rest of it. [CleanTechnica]

Swiss rooftop solar panels (Roland zh, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Demand For Electricity To Climb As World Gets Hotter” • Research done at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis suggests that by 2050, climate change will increase the global demand for energy by 11% to 27% if there is a modest amount of warming, and 25% to 58% if there is a large amount of warming. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “BYD Adds Bus Manufacturing Capacity In North America With New Canadian Plant” • BYD is taking another step into the North American bus market. It announced a new 45,000-square-foot bus plant in Newmarket, Ontario. The new BYD facility represents another step forward into the electrified future of North America. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Coach & Bus Factory (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “G20 Nations Spending $63.9 Billion Annually On Coal Subsidies” • Days before representatives of the G20 meet in Japan, a report has been published by the Overseas Development Institute, which reveals these nations are spending at least $63.9 billion on coal annually. This includes $20.9 billion in new state-owned enterprise investments. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BlackRock Unit Aims To Boost Asian Renewables To $5 Billion” • BlackRock Real Assets is aiming to boost its renewables power portfolio in Asia by as much as 10-fold as it seeks to keep pace with the world’s fastest-growing region for green energy. The increase will be from the current $500 million to up to $5 billion over three to five years. [Bloomberg]

Solar panels over water (Qilai Shen | Bloomberg)

¶ “European Super-Majors Shell, BP Leading The Charge To Electrification” • Responding to unprecedented transition in the global energy industry, two of Europe’s largest integrated oil and gas majors, BP PLC and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, are investing in low or no-carbon energy and technologies to augment their businesses. [S&P Global Platts]

¶ “India Plans To Set Up 500 GW Of Renewable Energy Capacity By 2030” • At the 17th meeting of the International Renewables Energy Agency (IRENA) council in Abu Dhabi, Anand Kumar, India’s secretary of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced that India plans to set up 500 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. [REVE]

Gamesa wind turbines in India

¶ “Zurich Sets Renewable Energy Goal, Coal, Oil Sands Underwriting Limits” • Zurich Insurance Group Ltd pledged to use 100% renewable power in all global operations by the end of 2022 and to stop writing certain thermal coal and oil sands risks after two years as part of its commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris climate agreement. [Business Insurance]

¶ “The City Of Sydney Has Declared A Climate Emergency, Urges Urgent Action” • The Australian city of Sydney officially declared a climate emergency. The local council, led by Lord Mayor Clover Moore, voted to acknowledge that climate change poses a serious risk to the city, its inhabitants and to the rest of the country. [Interesting Engineering]

Sydney (kitkatty007 | Pixabay)

¶ “‘Record’ Six Months For Clean Power In Germany” • Renewable energy delivered a record 44% of the electricity consumed in Germany in the first half of 2019, up from 39% in the same period last year, according to data from research and industry organizations. Good weather conditions and industry growth account for the change. [reNEWS]

¶ “French Nuclear To Suffer After Exclusion From Eu’s Green Investment Label” • The European Commission has voted to determine what constitutes green energy for the EU. Fossil fuel and nuclear energy investments are no longer part of sustainable finance and hence kept away from the financing needs of the transition. [EURACTIV]

Cooling towers (Shutterstock image)


¶ “8minute Solar And NV Energy Plan New Solar Power Plant With 540 MWh Of Battery Storage” • The Southern Bighorn Solar & Storage Center will include a 300-MW (AC) solar array with 540 MWh of lithium-ion battery storage. It will be built in Clark County on the Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles north of Las Vegas. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Reading, Pennsylvania Sets 100% Clean Energy Goal” • The Reading City Council in Pennsylvania has unanimously voted to adopt a resolution establishing a goal of powering the entire community with 100% renewable energy by 2050. The city will prioritize energy-efficient and low-cost solutions in order to benefit residents. [Windpower Engineering]

Pennsylvania (Pixabay image)

¶ “Vivint Solar Closes $100 Million Financing To Support 55-MW Residential Pipeline” • Vivint Solar, The second-largest US residential solar provider, announced that it has received new commitments for $100 million of tax equity financing to be used to support the rollout of over 55 MW of residential solar energy systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Calling for ‘Climate Emergency’ Declaration, Council Members Examine City’s Progress in Renewable Energy” • About 90 activists, including three council members, rallied in front of New York City Hall ahead of a committee hearing at which a resolution to declare a climate emergency in New York City was discussed. [Gotham Gazette]

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June 25 Energy News

June 25, 2019


¶ “From Smokestacks To Solar Panels: Asia Starts Embracing Renewables” • Many people associate the energy infrastructure in Asia with environmental devastation, routine brownouts, and pollution from coal power plants so thick it coats buildings, cars, and lungs. But momentum is building for the use of new green energy across the region. [strategy+business]

Solar panels in a city (Photo by aaaaimages)

¶ “How Should Electric Car Drivers Pay For Using Roads?” • America’s transportation infrastructure of roads, bridges, and tunnels costs a lot of money to build and maintain. Those costs were covered by state and federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. This raises a question of how roads will be paid for when the cars use no fuel. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Refilling Lake Chad With Water From The Congo River Using Solar Power” • Lake Chad, once the size of New Jersey, has lost 95% of its area. After the Amazon River, the Congo River has the second highest discharge rate of any river in the world. Here is a proposal to use some of the Congo River water to restore Lake Chad, powered by solar energy. [CleanTechnica]

Lake Chad shrinking (GRID Arendal, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)


¶ “This Week’s Heat Wave In Europe Is A Preview Of What The Climate Crisis Has In Store” • “Potentially dangerous” heat is forecast for much of Europe this week. Forecast temperatures are nearly 20°C (36°F) above the average of 22°C (72°F). In Paris, it is expected to be nearly 40°C (104°F). But record breaking has become normal. [CNN]

¶ “GE’s 12-MW Haliade-X Turbine Tower And Blade Make First Appearances” • The component parts of GE Renewable Energy’s mammoth new 12-MW Haliade-X wind turbine prototype are arriving for installation in Rotterdam. The first turbine blade made its first appearance outside the company’s factory in Cherbourg, France. [CleanTechnica]

Haliade X tower in Rotterdam (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “G20 Coal Subsidies Rise Despite Climate Pledges” • Despite promising a decade ago to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, the world’s leading economies more than doubled subsidies to coal-fired power plants between 2014 and 2017, putting climate goals at risk, according to a report by the London-based Overseas Development Institute. []

¶ “Turkey Touts Ambitious Renewable Energy Plans As It Awards 1 GW Of Wind Capacity” • Turkey aims to increase the share of domestic renewable energy sources in its electricity production to two-thirds by 2023, the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Fatih Donmez, said at a recent G20 ministerial meeting in Japan. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Wind turbines (Pixabay image)

¶ “Four Dams To Get Floating Solar Power Plants In Maharashtra” • Maharashtra is all set to get floating solar power generation plants on the backwaters of four dams, state Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan told the Legislative Council. He said the floating solar panels were to be set up using the Swiss Challenge method. []

¶ “BC Lighthouses Go From Diesel To Renewable” • British Columbia’s 27 staffed lighthouses are shifting from diesel power to renewable energy, with several recently getting solar and wind turbines. Ten lighthouses are expected to make the changeover in about a year, while the other 17 will be retrofitted as the diesel generators age. [Daily Commercial News]

Lighthouse on Merry Island (Don Procter)

¶ “Solar Panel Systems Soar In Spain Thanks To Friendlier Regulation” • Last year, 235 MW of new photovoltaic power were added in Spain, and this year industry expects to see an installed capacity rise to 400 MW, says José Donoso, director general of the industry association. The growth is largely due to changes in regulation. [El País in English]


¶ “How Georgia Became A Surprising Bright Spot In The US Solar Industry” • In a big move last year for Georgia, the city of Dalton added a new industry to its manufacturing mix: the largest solar panel assembly plant in the Western hemisphere, a $150 million investment. It adds to Georgia’s increasing progress with solar power. [Spokane Public Radio]

Solar farm Hazlehurst, Georgia (Silicon Ranch image)

¶ “US Senate Democrats And Clean Energy Industry Call For Tax Credit Extensions” • Twenty US Senate Democrats, including five presidential candidates, called for the extension of clean energy tax incentives and tax credits such as those for wind and solar energy. The call has been applauded and joined by the country’s clean energy associations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Small Iowa Town Pushes For Energy Independence” • A small town in Iowa with a population of about 2,600 people and aging homes, Bloomfield has its own electric and gas utilities. Town staff found “net zero” didn’t resonate with the community, but it found traction with “energy independence.” It will use renewable energy for that. [CleanTechnica]

Bloomfield stores, 2003 (John Margolies, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “NV Energy Announces Three New Solar Projects To Be Complete By 2023” • NV Energy is expanding its portfolio of renewable energy enterprises with three projects. The projects will contribute 1,190 MW of solar capacity to a portfolio of 57 renewable energy projects that are currently in service or under development. [KTNV Las Vegas]

¶ “How (Un)Profitable Are Ohio’s 2 Nuclear Plants? FirstEnergy Solutions Says It Can’t Tell The Public” • Lawmakers in Ohio will decide soon whether to bail out two nuclear power plants. But FirstEnergy Solutions says it can’t reveal how much money they are losing (if any), because the it is involved in bankruptcy proceedings. []

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June 24 Energy News

June 24, 2019


¶ “Power Purchase Agreements For 1 GW Of Solar Projects Approved In Gujarat” • PPAs for 1 GW of grid-connected solar PV projects tendered and auctioned by the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited were approved by the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission. The tariffs ranged from ₹2.44/kWh (3.38¢/kWh) to ₹2.68/kWh (3.7¢/kWh). [Mercom India]

Solar array (First Solar image)

¶ “The Diesel Scandal Just Destroyed Profit Growth At Daimler, Maker Of Mercedes-Benz” • Daimler, the German auto company that makes Mercedes-Benz, reduced its 2019 profit expectations by hundreds of millions of euros. The financial downgrade is fallout from the diesel emissions scandal that has rocked the German auto industry. [CNN]

¶ “Limekiln Secures Scottish Assent” • Infinergy and Boralex have got the green light from Scottish ministers to build the Limekiln wind farm in Caithness. The Highlands project of up to 90 MW, located around three km south of the decommissioned Dounreay nuclear power station, will consist of 21 turbines with tip heights of 139 metres. [reNEWS]

Erecting a wind turbine (Infinergy image)

¶ “Indian Railways Issues 140-MW Solar-Wind Hybrid Tender” • Indian Railways issued its first tender to implement solar-wind hybrid projects. The Railway Energy Management Company Limited issued a tender to set up 140 MW of solar-wind hybrid capacity. Of the new capacity, 105 MW will be windpower, and the rest will be solar. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change Adviser Says PM’s Plan Will Fail Unless It Is Dramatically Stepped Up” • The British government’s chief adviser on climate change has warned that the Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to eliminate Britain’s contribution to global warming will fail unless cuts to greenhouse gases are stepped up dramatically. [Sky News]

Wind farm in Wales (Nigel Brown, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Paradigm Shift as Swedes’ Support for Nuclear Power Soars” • In Sweden, support for nuclear power is back to its highest level, previously measured in 2010. A political science professor at the SOM Institute at Gothenburg University, attributed the change to a proposal to expand nuclear power that came from the Christian Democrats. [Sputnik International]


¶ “ACT Looks Beyond 2020 Renewables Target, Seals Community Solar Off-Take Deal” • The Australian Capital Territory’s government took steps to re-affirm its commitment to maintaining its 100% renewable electricity target in perpetuity, at the same the territory locks-in a feed-in tariff rate for its first community solar farm. [RenewEconomy]

Sapphire wind farm

¶ “Flagship Megawatt-Scale Community Solar Farm Achieves Final Funding To Break Ground In August” • Renewable Energy developer CWP Renewables provided up to $800,000 in funding for SolarShare’s 1-MW community solar project, Mount Majura Solar Farm, to commence construction. It should be generating power this year. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Kogan Powers Up New Renewable Energy Offering” • Online electronics retailer Kogan is partnering with a New Zealand energy company to sell power and gas in Australia. Meridian Energy and its Australian retailer Powershop claim to be the only electricity and gas retailer certified 100% carbon neutral by the Australian government. [ChannelNews]

Wind farm (Pexels photo)

¶ “REST Secures WA’s Biggest Wind Farm” • Nearly half of all Western Australia’s renewable energy will now be owned by a superannuation fund. Industry super fund REST announced it had fully acquired the Collgar wind farm, 25 km south-east of Merredin in WA’s Wheatbelt. This happened when UBS sold its 60% share to REST. [The Sydney Morning Herald]


¶ “VP Mike Pence Refuses To Directly Answer Whether Climate Change Is A Threat In Tapper Interview” • During an interview on CNN, Vice President Mike Pence said, “We will always follow the science.” But he repeatedly refused to give a direct answer when asked about his beliefs on climate change and whether it poses a threat to the planet. [Newsweek]

Mike Pence (Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “MECO Increases Renewable Power, Storage Amounts Sought In Next Procurement” • Maui Electric Co will be seeking 295 GWh per year of renewable energy and 58 GWh per year of power storage in its next round of requests for proposals, according to the utility and filings with the state Public Utilities Commission. [Maui News]

¶ “Finally, Major Movement On Governor’s Promises For Offshore Wind” • Ørsted’s Ocean Wind project established a first-year price of $98.10/MWh for the subsidy provided by ratepayers, the offshore renewable energy certificate. By way of comparison, the OREC offered in Maryland is priced at $170 for a wind project there. [NJ Spotlight]

Offshore wind farm (Zoltan Tasi | Unsplash)

¶ “Texas Cooperatives To Purchase 7 MW of Distribution-Scale Solar Energy” • Five electric distribution cooperatives in Texas have signed agreements to purchase 7 MW of distribution-scale solar generation, providing an increased supply of cost-effective and clean energy to their members while increasing local system resilience. [Transmission & Distribution World]

¶ “Central Washington Stepping Up To Produce Renewable Energy” • As Gov Jay Inslee pushes for carbon-free renewable energy in the state of Washington, several projects are either underway or already producing power in its central region. Wind turbines are generating power. And bio-waste and solar energy are being developed. [Yakima Herald-Republic]

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June 23 Energy News

June 23, 2019


¶ “Nuclear Power And Natural Gas Hit A Wall In US: Now What?” • Two US energy developments call the “clean energy” status of nuclear power and natural gas into question. Rhode Island officials rejected a proposed gas power plant and federal officials okayed the sale of New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant for decommissioning. So, now what? [CleanTechnica]

Block Island wind farm (screenshot via

¶ “Major Investment Manager Drops ExxonMobil And Spam, McKibben Asks ‘Who’ll Be Last Out?'” • Legal and General Investment Management, the UK’s largest asset manager, with a £1 trillion portfolio, has sold its holdings in five companies it deems to be lagging behind in meeting the challenge of a warming planet. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “All Ploughed Out: The Rebel Farmers Fighting Climate Change” • A primitive form of “mob grazing” consists of moving cattle from one field to another daily. They always have fresh grass. It breaks disease cycles. It lets indigenous plants come through and the grass recovers between grazing periods. “They love it,” one farmer says. [HeraldScotland]

Friendly cow


¶ “Electricity Demand In WA Set To Fall For First Time, AEMO Forecasts, As Solar Power Takes Over” • In a report on the south-west wholesale electricity market, the Australian Energy Market Operator says it does not expect the use of grid power to increase as Western Australia’s population grows. This is largely due to solar installations. [ABC News]

¶ “Climate Protesters Storm Garzweiler Coal Mine In Germany” • Hundreds of climate change activists ran through fields, broke through a police cordon and  stormed the Garzweiler open cast coal mine in western Germany to campaign against fossil fuels. Germany has vowed to be carbon neutral by 2050, but activists say 2050 is not soon enough. [BBC]

Protesters at the Garzweiler mine (AFP image)

¶ “Poland Eyes Green Energy Investments In Western Balkans” • Polish energy groups could invest in renewables in the Western Balkan countries that eye EU membership, Jadwiga Emilewicz, the Polish minister for entrepreneurship and technology, said. Poland has especially close trading ties with Serbia, among the countries in the region. []

¶ “China’s Silk Road Fund Acquires 49% Stake In Acwa Power’s Renewable Energy Unit” • China’s Silk Road Fund took a 49% stake in ACWA Power’s renewable energy platform. ACWA Power RenewCo will own 1668 MW of CSP, PV, and wind assets across the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco. []

Concentrating solar system 

¶ “China Eyes Argentina In Global Nuclear Roll-Out” • In the midst of economic and political uncertainty, Argentina has doubled down on a major Chinese nuclear power deal. China is looking to ramp up its nuclear power exports, but concerns over the cost and safety of nuclear power continue to plague efforts to expand the industry. [Buenos Aires Times]


¶ “70 People Were Arrested At A Climate Protest Outside The New York Times Offices” • Seventy people were arrested outside of The New York Times building in Manhattan, according to a New York Police Department spokesman, who said that charges are pending. They were protesting to call attention to the way news outlets cover the climate crisis. [CNN]

Protest signs and flags (Jacob Silverman | Twitter)

¶ “Bees, Butterflies, And Solar Panels Learn To Share The Land In Minnesota” • Connexus Energy of Minnesota and the National Renewable Energy Lab are working together in an experimental program that may boost both pollinators and the output of solar power plants. Connexus is planting prairie grasses and flowers at a site under and around solar panels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Personal Airline Exchange Orders 50 Ampaire EEL Hybrid Electric Commuter Airplanes” • Air service provider Personal Airline Exchange, to expand its on-demand charter service, placed an order for 50 Ampaire Electric EEL commuter planes. They have hybrid electric systems like those in cars, with both electric and combustion power. [CleanTechnica]

Ampaire Electric EEL airplane

¶ “Wyden Intros Bill To Promote Geothermal Energy” • Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) introduced a  bill to promote the growth of geothermal energy. “Climate change is here, it’s happening now. America must invest in producing renewable energy if we’re going to truly kick our carbon habit,” Wyden said. [KTVZ]

¶ “Cornell Professor Offers Ag Fixes To ‘Complex, Severe’ Climate Change” • A Cornell plant science professor told a congressional committee in a hearing on agricultural resiliency that climate change impacts have been more complex and severe than scientists had forecast three decades ago. He called for technology solutions. [Lancaster Farming]

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June 22 Energy News

June 22, 2019


¶ “Why Climate Change Might Be Worse Than You Think” • If you are using today’s climate models to predict the frequency and severity of tomorrow’s severe weather, your estimates could be off, a convocation speaker at a major Canadian university suggested. That is important for the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry. [Canadian Underwriter]

Melting Arctic

¶ “Trump’s Impeachable Offense: Ignoring Climate Change” • If anything in the second decade of the 21st Century warrants impeachment of an American president, it should be ignoring science and climate change, and putting humanity at grave risk. It is a dangerous dereliction of duty that warrants a president’s removal from office. [Baltimore Sun]


¶ “Costa Rica To Go 100% Plastic and Carbon-Free By 2021” • No country has made more environmental progress than Costa Rica. The country has got 99% of its energy from renewable sources since 2014. It has doubled the size of its forests, creating a huge carbon sink. Now, it plans to be free of plastic and fossil fuels by 2021. [The Rising]

Forest in Costa Rica (Victor Quirós, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Dubai 900-MW Solar PV Tender Attracts 64 Companies” • In Dubai, a tender for the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park has attracted huge interest. According to Gulf Today, a total of 64 companies have expressed interest in the project. The companies now have up to 22 August to submit their final bids. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Olympics’ New Swiss HQ Is Both Eco-Friendly And Symbolic” • The new Swiss headquarters for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is finished, and the building, in the city of Lausanne, is the most sustainable in the world, the architects say. The building occupies a scenic spot on the shore of Lake Geneva, inside Louis Bourget Park. [CNN]

Olympics’ New Swiss headquarters (Adam Mørk | IOC)

¶ “Norway Announces Plan To Cut Emissions From Ships 50% By 2030” • In Norway, with its mountains and fjords, it is often faster and less expensive to deliver cargo to most communities by sea than by land, but its ships are powered by diesel and are heavy polluters. Its government has announced new measures to cut the pollution by half. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australia’s Massive Contribution To Global PV, Battery Uptake Blemished By Grid Woes” • Australia tops the global charts in terms of solar PV and battery additions in 2018, according to a REN21 report. It is not all roses, however, with grid bottlenecks and wave developer Carnegie’s bankruptcy featured among the report’s critical highlights. [pv magazine Australia]

Solar array (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “Spanish Floater Finds Its Home” • W2Power, a multi-turbine floating offshore wind platform, has been commissioned at the Plocan test site in the Canary Islands, according to Ingeteam, a project participant. The platform supports two 100-kW turbines on lateral tilting towers. It was built at the Astican shipyard in Las Palmas. [reNEWS]

¶ “National Grid Is Building A Giant Undersea Power Cable To Norway: Here’s What That Means” • Interconnectors have existed for quite some time, but right now the National Grid is working on one connecting the UK, at Tyneside, to Kvilldal, in Norway. It was started in 2015, and when it is finished, in 2021, it will be the longest in the world. [Gizmodo UK]

Laying a submarine cable (Screenshot)


¶ “GE Will Shutter California Natural Gas Plant 20 Years Early” • GE notified the California Energy Commission it is shuttering the Inland Empire in Riverside, California, according to Reuters. The Inland Empire plant was only commissioned in 2009. GE invested roughly $1 billion in the plant, but operating it has become uneconomical. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Fire At A Philadelphia Oil Refinery Sparked An Explosion Felt For Miles” • A large fire broke out at an oil refinery in Philadelphia, rattling the area with a booming explosion and lighting up the dark sky with huge balls of gas and flame. The explosion and fire came from a vat of butane at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery. [CNN]

Refinery fire (@1nicetownbeam via Twitter)

¶ “Ørsted Wins New Jersey Offshore Prize” • Officials in New Jersey have selected Ørsted as the winner in the state’s first offshore wind solicitation with the 1100MW Ocean Wind project. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities received 14 bids from three developers for the solicitation, which was issued in September 2018. [reNEWS]

¶ “Bay Area’s Electric Car Sales Have Nearly Doubled Thanks To Tesla Model 3” • Electric vehicle sales have nearly doubled in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, and this is at least partly because of the Tesla Model 3. In 2018, EVs accounted for 13% of new passenger vehicle registrations in the Bay Area, up from 7% in 2017. [CleanTechnica]

Teslas charging (Photo: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica)

¶ “Day Of Reckoning Nears For Ohio Nuclear Bailout Bill” • An Ohio bill that  would bail out two of FirstEnergy Solutions’ nuclear plants and scrap the state’s energy-efficiency and renewable-energy standards must be acted on soon, because FirstEnergy Solutions has until June 30 to decide to order $52 million worth of nuclear fuel. []

¶ “Environmental Group Says New Nuclear Power Plant Too Pricey For Utah’s Municipal Utilities” • The cost of power from small modular reactors is raising objections from the Healthy Environmental Alliance of Utah. A study found power from some SMRs would cost over $66/MWh, while wind and solar power would be just over $38. []

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June 21 Energy News

June 21, 2019


¶ “Are We Heading For A New Tanker War?” • Tankers were blazing in the Gulf. We’ve been here before. America and Iran came to blows in the same waters 28 years ago. Ships were attacked, crew members killed and injured. Before it was over, an Iranian airliner had been shot out of the sky, by mistake. Could it happen again? [BBC]

Tanker burning in December, 1987 (Getty Images)

¶ “ExxonMobil’s CO₂ Sequestration Is Just A Tiny Fraction Of Its CO₂ Emissions” • ExxonMobil is spinning great PR hay out of its carbon straw. The company claims to be the global leader in getting rid of CO₂. Like almost everything else in the carbon capture and sequestration space, the claims do not hold up to the slightest scrutiny. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fooled Again: New “ACE” Power Plan Brings Back Nuclear Energy Jobs, Not Coal Jobs” • The Affordable Clean Energy plan was announced with great fanfare and coal miners in attendance. ACE replaces President Obama’s Clean Power Plan with one that stresses both affordable and clean. But that leaves coal still in its death spiral. [CleanTechnica]

Rendering of NuScale nuclear power plant
(US DOE via NuScale, Carbon Free Energy Project)

¶ “Yellow Light In US Auto Industry: Consumer Demand Problem Growing For Gas Cars” • A recent article in Forbes highlighted that JD Power and LMC Automotive have found “a growing backlog of unsold new cars and trucks” across the country. The reason? Sales are down. People are buying fewer and fewer gasoline-powered cars. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Fossil Fuels Produce Less Than Half Of UK Electricity For First Time” • This year will be the first that fossil fuels make up less than half of the electricity generated, according to National Grid. Instead, UK homes and businesses will rely more on clean electricity generated by wind farms, solar panels, hydro power and nuclear power reactors. [The Guardian]

Wind farm and pylons in Kent (Gareth Fuller | PA)

¶ “EU Fails To Set A Firm Deadline For Zero Carbon Emissions Goal” • After a group of eastern European countries blocked a proposal for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the EU failed to set a firm deadline to end its contribution to climate change. Leadership agreed instead to start working on “a transition to a climate-neutral EU.” [CNN]

¶ “US-UK Tie-Up To Offer Zinc Hybrid Storage” • US energy storage company Eos is working with UK start-up Bryt Energy to develop a zinc hybrid battery. It will be tested under conditions in the UK before being targeted at universities for research purposes. It is expected that the first EU-certified system will be provided in the UK next year. [reNEWS]

Storage battery (Ads-Tec image)


¶ “Atlassian Billionaire Cannon-Brookes Eyes Clean Energy Boom In The NT” • Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes’ private investment company is pursuing opportunities to develop renewable energy in Australia’s Northern Territory as it looks to tap the region’s abundant sunshine and proximity to key Asian markets. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Berrybank Wind Farm Begins Construction With Turbines Made Locally In Old Car Factory” • Construction has begun at the 180-MW Berrybank Wind Farm in Victoria. The wind farm will use Vestas wind turbines that were built in Victoria, at the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub in Geelong, repurposed from an old Ford factory. [RenewEconomy]

Wind turbine

¶ “Miners See 50% Renewables As Standard, But Are Aiming For 100%” • The Australian mining industry has suddenly discovered that there is a cheaper, cleaner and smarter way to power their operations than operating diesel-powered generating plants. The sector is now emerging as the unlikely source of the next boom in renewables investment. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “Self-Proclaimed ‘Queen Of [WORD] Robots’ Builds The First Tesla Truck” • Tesla’s pickup truck is set to be unveiled in just a few months, but one eager maker just had to go off and make one for herself. Simone Giertz, who has shown some seriously odd robot creations on her YouTube channel, built herself the world’s first Tesla pickup. [CleanTechnica]

Simone Giertz and Tesla Model 3 truck

¶ “Oregon Sends Police To Bring Back Republicans Who Left State Over Climate Bill” • Oregon Democratic Gov Kate Brown authorized state police to locate Senate Republicans and bring them back to the state Capitol after some left the state to block the chamber’s proceedings. To block a climate bill, they had left the Senate without a quorum. [CNN]

¶ “Duke Fires Up 150-MW California Solar Plant” • Duke Energy Renewables has brought online its 150-MW North Rosamond PV installation in California. The plant, in Kern County, is the largest solar project in Duke Energy Renewables’ fleet. Its electricity is being sold to Southern California Edison under a 15-year power purchase agreement. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Duke Energy image)

¶ “Retreat And Abandonment – The $400 Billion Problem Confronting US Coastal Communities” • The Center For Climate Integrity forecasts that protecting US coastal communities from rising sea levels could cost $400 billion over the next 20 years. This is not a worst-case scenario. CCI says, “In reality, the situation could be much worse.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Powerwalls Tapped For East Coast Utility’s New Virtual Power Plant” • East Coast utility National Grid has a new program that allows Tesla Powerwall owners to leverage their batteries to sell their stored power during peak demand periods. Centrally managed Tesla Powerwalls can offset the need to install more inefficient peaker plants. [CleanTechnica]

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June 20 Energy News

June 20, 2019


¶ “The 10-GW Solar Vision That Could Turn Northern Territory Into Economic Powerhouse” • Australia’s Northern Territory has a multi-billion dollar opportunity to invest heavily in renewable energy, create a new industry exporting hydrogen, and produce thousands of jobs, rather than following the controversial path of fracking vast reserves of gas. [RenewEconomy]

Uluru or Ayers Rock (Ekistica image)

¶ “Trump Administration Weakens Climate Plan To Help Coal Plants Stay Open” • President Trump has thrown his latest lifeline to the ailing coal industry. The EPA released the final version of its Affordable Clean Energy rule. It’s supported by the coal industry, but it is not clear that it will be enough to stop coal-fired power plants from closing. [NPR]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting Twice As Fast As Last Century” • Climate change is eating away Himalayan glaciers at a dramatic rate, a study revealed. Spanning 2,000 kilometers and harboring some 600 billion tons of ice, Himalayan glaciers supply around 800 million people with water for irrigation, hydropower and drinking. [CNN]

Himalayan mountain (Neville Gillett)

¶ “Tesla At Least 4 To 5 Years Ahead Of Competition, According To German Auto Industry Expert” • In a review of the Tesla Model 3, Die Welt, a German newspaper, quotes auto industry expert Prof Ferdinand Dudenhöffer as saying, “The technical lead is easily four to five years. Range and driving pleasure are unmatched.” [CleanTechnica]


¶ “India’s Sixth Biggest City Is Almost Entirely Out Of Water” • The floor of the Chembarambakkam reservoir is cracked open, dry and sun-baked. About 25 km (15.5 miles) away, in Chennai, India’s sixth largest city, millions of people are running out of water. All four of the reservoirs that are used to supplied Chennai are nearly dry. [CNN]

Reservoir measuring tower (Arun Sankar | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “India Issues 1 GW Solar Tender With Domestic Content Restrictions” • India’s largest power generation company, the government-owned NTPC Limited, issued a tender for 1 GW of solar PV capacity. Project developers are required to use only Indian-made solar cells and modules for the projects but may choose siting for the projects. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Xpeng Motors Rolls Off 10,000 Units Of Its Smart G3 EV” • Xpeng Motors continues its steady progress by completing another production milestone. It made the 10,000th unit of its G3 smart EV, just 188 days into its official launch, clenching the title of most EV sales from a new EV manufacturer/startup in China. [CleanTechnica]

Xpeng Motors – 10,000th car

¶ “Australia’s Biggest Manganese Metals Project May Go 90% Renewables” • The developers of what is expected to be Australia’s biggest manganese metals project are looking to source up to 90% renewables for the electricity supply of its operations. They believe it could achieve price parity with Chinese suppliers if it does. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Brussels Approves Italian Renewable Initiative” • A €5.4-billion Italian renewable energy initiative is permissible under the EU’s rules on state subsidies, the European Commission has ruled. Italy’s proposed aid scheme is set to run until 2021 and will extend financial support to renewable sources, including wind, solar and hydropower. [Energy Reporters]

The Dolomites (Wikipedia)

¶ “Norway Just Triggered An Offshore Wind Energy Boom” • Norway proposes to open two new areas in the North Sea with the potential to hold installed capacity of 3.5 GW of offshore windpower. Western Europe’s largest oil producer aims to use its offshore oil and gas expertise to boost the wind power exports of Norwegian companies. []


¶ “EPA Rolls Back Obama-Era Plan Limiting Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions” • The EPA said states can set their own carbon emissions standards for coal-fired power plants. The change is one that the agency itself says could result in 1,400 more premature deaths each year by 2030 than the Obama-era plan it will replace. [CNN]

Coal-fired power plant (George Frey | Getty Images)

¶ “Maine On The Cusp Of A Clean Energy Future” • The list of states committing to power themselves with 100% clean energy could soon include the Pine Tree State. In a bipartisan vote, the Maine Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill that would increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 80% by 2030, and 100% by 2050. [Environment America]

¶ “Trump UN Pick Kelly Craft Breaks With White House On Climate Change” • President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to the UN differs with him on climate change, saying it “poses real risks.” At her confirmation hearing, Kelly Craft told lawmakers she would “be an advocate for all countries to do their part in addressing climate change.” [BBC]


Kelly Craft (US Embassy Canada)

¶ “After Pilgrim Shutdown, New England Progresses On Renewable Electricity” • With Entergy pulling the plug on the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the New England region loses a significant electricity supplier. But several projects are to come online in coming years to offset Pilgrim’s closure. [West Hartford News]

¶ “Pennsylvania Governor Wants To Tie Nuclear Bailout To Joining RGGI” • Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf asked Republican lawmakers to authorize the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative as part of a nuclear bailout deal, according to reports from local media and analysts. The governor’s office did not comment. []

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